A CALL is going out to mobile phone owners to take more care when out and about this summer.
Mobile phones worth hundreds of pounds are being reported as lost or stolen in South Tyneside each week.
In the majority of cases, handsets had been left unattended and taken by an opportunist thief or lost while people were enjoying themselves in parks or in South Shields nightspots.
Now, with the summer holidays fast approaching and thousands expected to head to the town’s parks, festivals and the beach, police are urging mobile phone users to ensure their handsets are safe at all times.
Inspector John Smith, of South Shields neighbourhood policing team, said: “Taking a moment to think about the security of your belongings could mean the difference between ending your day or night with good memories or ending it as the victim of an opportunist thief.”