Apple App Leads Police To Thief Again

Wandsworth officers use the ‘Find My iPhone’ app to track down a stolen phone

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A male was arrested in Wandsworth Town on the Wednesday 22nd of August 2012 following reports of a theft of an iPhone in a cafe.

Police were called by the victim who had been in a cafe when he realised that his phone had been taken from the table.

The victim was able to provide police with his iphone details, whilst the staff who witnessed the theft were able to provide an initial description of the suspect. PC Jeremy Hayward and PC Dan Swain from Wandsworth Robbery Squad quickly responded and were able to track the iphone’s location using an iPad.

The phone was on the move in Wandsworth and the officers, one on foot and one following in a vehicle were able to identify the suspect and detain him prior to him boarding a bus. When searched the male was found in possession of the victims phone.

Remember to...
* to register your mobile phone at
* keep your phone out of sight in your pocket or handbag when not in use
* use your phone's security lock code, if it has one
* record details of your electronic serial number (ESN) and consider separate insurance
* some phones have an IMEI number which is a unique identifier for the phone; you can obtain this number by typing *#06# (star hash 06 hash) into your mobile phone and it will display a 15 digit number
* property mark your phone with your postcode and door number to help police identify stolen ones
* report a lost or stolen phone to the police immediately
* inform your service provider if your phone is stolen or lost
* attract attention to your phone when you are carrying or using it in the street, park in isolated or dark areas
* leave your phone in an unattended car - if you must, lock it out of sight. It only takes seconds


September 10, 2012