Students of Sheffield University on edge as phones theft on the rise

Sheffield Students’ Union nights out have had a surge of stolen phones within the last few weeks.

A spokeswoman from the SU said: “Phones are often reported missing around this time of the year, but there has been an increase on how many phones have been reported missing.”

The students’ union has signs reminding students to keep their phones away and hidden at all times.

Karl Rayner, 19, a student at the University of Sheffield had his phone stolen a week ago and said: “I was walking home and two boys asked if they could use my phone outside of Bartolome House.

“I don’t usually do that sort of thing but the boys didn’t exactly look dangerous, the next minute they barged me to the floor and ran off towards West Street.

“I reported my phone stolen to the SU and the police but nothing has happened and someone still has my phone.”

iPhones, when stolen, have a function which can lock the phone to prevent details from being stolen.

Ali, an iPhone expert from Easytech said: “The best thing you can do when your iPhone is stolen is to go on iCloud, wipe the phone and then phone your network and report the phone stolen.

“Although an iPhone is locked it can be reset and wiped to be sold again as a new phone.”

iPhones are also commonly sold for scraps and parts online.

The Students’ Advice Centre have urged students to phone the police and report missing phones to the students’ union.

Here are some safety tips to keep your phone safe:

  • Try to keep phone away and hidden from sight.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and who’s around you.
  • Do not give your phone to anyone you do not know.
  • Keep a password on your phone.
  • If your phone is stolen report it missing straight away.

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