Minneapolis skyway cell phone thefts an 'unfounded rumor' - KMSP-TV

Minneapolis skyway cell phone thefts an 'unfounded rumor'

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Minneapolis police on Wednesday said an email circulating downtown over the last week regarding multiple cell phone thefts in the skyways was an "unfounded rumor."

"It is true that cell phone theft is on the rise in Minneapolis as it is across the country but a specific rash of cell phone thefts in downtown is false," the department said in a statement.

Source: Minneapolis Police Department

1. While walking, waiting for, or riding the bus or light rail, pay attention to what's going on around you and who is near you.

2. Do not allow someone to use your phone even if they stress urgency. Offer to call 911 for them once you are at a trusted location.

3. Keep your phone in your pocket, bag or in a phone pouch; not in your hand where someone can quickly grab it from you.

4. Have your phone close to you. Don't leave it on a table, desk or counter in a public place unattended.

5. Use a password to protect your phone.

6. Do not store any information on your phone that you wouldn't want others to see (e.g. bank and credit card account numbers or online passwords, personal information, etc.).

7. Your cell phone provider may disable the phone remotely if it's stolen or lost.

8. Back up the information on your cell phone. Most cell phone companies offer backup plans through their phone subscriptions.

9. Download an anti-theft application. If your phone is lost or stolen you might be able to locate it, wipe its data or make the phone useless to the thief. Contact your cell phone provider for more detailed information.

10. Keep a written record of any of your electronic device's serial numbers in a safe place. Make note of those numbers when filing a police report --  they are cross referenced with the pawn system. You must file a report through either 911, 311 or on line

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