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Essential cell phone protection and anti-theft tips

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A spike in cell phone robberies has prompted police to outline essential steps phone owners should take to deter theft.

The Hennepin County sheriff's office will hold a conference at the AT&T store in Calhoun Square to announce the "Protect My Cell Phone" public awareness campaign. Sheriff Rich Stanek and AT&T Minnesota State President Paul Weirtz will outline steps phone owners can take and highlight apps available to protect consumer data.

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Rising cell phone robberies at the University of Minnesota brought lawmakers to the State Capitol in December to see what's being done to tackle the issue.

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At the meeting, Stanek said many of the criminals on campus are engaging in "Apple picking" by targeting kids with iPhones and laptops the crooks could fence for money. A single iPhone can fetch about $450. Retail value without a contract plan for a 16G iPhone 5s, the most recent model, is $649.

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