Cell Phone Theft On The Rise
It's an item that more and more thieves are stealing...cell phones. Some will go to any means to steal the devices.
Recently, theft of cell phones has been making news around the nation.
Police say it's something easy for thieves to steal and even easier for them to sell.
A new wave of crime that's sweeping the country has to do with smart phones. Instead of thieves robbing someone for their wallet, they're now reaching for their phone.
"That phone is the best distraction for a criminal to take an opportunity to catch you unaware with your guard down because you're on the phone."
Just this week, two teenagers were held at knife point for their I-phones. According to police, the two teens were waiting for a bus Wednesday evening. 17 year old Ernesto Hinojosa and 19 year old Gustavo Sotelo Jr. were arrested for aggravated robbery after threatening the teens with a knife and forcing them to hand over the I-phones. Police were able to track down the suspects using the GPS locator on the phones.
"Take advantage of the security features that is has because it will prevent you from becoming the victim of crime."
Baeza says it's not just phones that the police department sees stolen, adding that all electronics are hot items for thieves.
"Everything from laptops to tablets...mp3 players."
This surveillance video of people being robbed for their smart phones around the country shows just how violent thieves are willing to get. Since these smart phones act as a mini computer, people tend to use them for more than just talking on.
"People use their phones to do shopping...banking...they do all kinds of transactions that really is gold to the common thief."
Baeza warns that once thieves decide to steal something from you, they will go through with it so it's safer to not fight back.
"If it's between your life and the gadget, recommendations are 9 out of 10 times to give up the gadget."