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Police promote anti-theft tracking apps
GADGET lovers are being urged to install anti-theft tracking apps by police.
Avon and Somerset Police have made a film encouraging people to install software on their phones, tablets and laptops.
Some apps can map the device’s location, take pictures and keep a log of visited internet pages.
Sergeant Chris Green said: “Having your gadgets stolen will be a huge inconvenience but remember it’s not just the item that's stolen it is all the data it holds as well.
“This could be contact numbers, precious photographs or important documents. The cost to your wallet and your time could be considerable.
"There are apps out there for different operating systems which work in different ways but they usually allow people to log on remotely and see the location of the gadget.
“Others can record additional data – such as photos taken on the built-in camera – so we can see who is using the machine.
"The apps will help you get the technology back and mean we can apprehend the criminals quickly – and often catch them red-handed.
“If you own a smartphone, tablet or laptop it makes sense to find software that's right for you and install it.”
Video: Avon and Somerset Police.