With the winter holidays just around the corner, Surrey RCMP are taking this opportunity to remind the public, especially young persons, about being extra vigilant with their personal property.

Over the past few weeks, Surrey RCMP have noticed an increase in street robberies and thefts involving mobile phones, particularly smart phones.

Due to their high demand and portability, these items are extremely attractive for thieves. The high cost of these items is also driving people to purchase them online at discounted prices through various websites. This is resulting in additional robberies of potential buyers and sellers at agreed upon meeting places.

Police continue to urge citizens to play a crucial role in reducing their potential of being a victim. Simple steps like remaining vigilant and trusting your instincts will help reduce the risk of being an easy target.

Additional tips for preventing mobile phone theft include:

•Avoid using your phone on the street in full view. If you do have to use it, be discreet
•Be attentive to your surroundings and weary of anyone following you.
•In the event your phone is stolen, report your theft to the police and contact your network provider as soon as possible so they can disconnect it and prevent any unauthorized calls or texts
•Take note of the serial number of your phone and keep it in a safe place
•Consider software that will remotely locate your phone using built-in GPS