YONKERS, N.Y. -- Just got a new iPhone? Yonkers police are warning residents to use caution in order to avoid becoming the next victim in what has become a series of cell-phone thefts.
According to Lt. Patrick McCormack, thieves have been targeting smart phones, particularly more expensive ones such as Androids and iPhones.
Though most of the thefts have occurred in the Southwest section of the city, according to McCormack, there have been a number of thefts reported throughout the area.
"We're asking people to be aware of their surroundings, keep one earphone out if they can. We're also advising them not to advertise their devices if they can help it," he said.
McCormack said the issue goes beyond property loss, as many people keep personal information such as phone numbers, addresses and credit card information on their smartphones.
He advised residents to download apps such as "Find My iPhone," to their devices, so in the event that it is stolen, they are able to locate their devices or wipe the information on them remotely from a computer.
Additionally, passcode locks on devices should be enabled. The iPhone has a feature that will delete the information on the phone if the wrong passcode is provided a certain number of times.
Here are the tips the Yonkers Police Department has issued on cell-phone safety:
Keep the device out of sight when not in use.
Be aware of your surroundings. If you use it while walking or exercising, only use one earpiece so you can hear whats going on around you.
Do not leave your device unattended in public places or inside of school lockers.
If someone attempts to steal your device, do not resist, notify the police and try to provide accurate suspect description and where last seen.
Keep the make, model, and serial number of the device in a safe place at your home. This information will be useful for responding officers. The Yonkers Police Department offers a Cell Phone Safety Record in which you can record all the vital information to your devices.
Remember to use PINs / passwords and add apps to your device to locate, lock and erase your device in the event it is stolen (these can be found on the internet for your specific device). Backup your device regularly.