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Car thief nabbed by phone app

 

A MAN who drove away in a stolen car while its owner was dragged along the ground behind it holding onto the door was found via an iPhone app.

Thomas Lee, 26, of no fixed address, jumped into the Vauxhall Tigra after its owner had left its engine running as she went to pick up something from her house in Chingford, at 10pm on September 9.

When the 26-year-old woman came back out she saw Mr Lee reversing her car off her driveway, but managed to open and grab hold of the driver's door.

However, she lost her footing as Lee drove off and suffered grazes to her legs and hand as she was dragged along behind the vehicle.

Police found the car in Enfield shortly afterwards by tracing the victim's iPhone, which she had left in the vehicle, using the 'Find my iPhone' app.

Less than an hour later they arrested Lee, who pleaded guilty to joyriding, common assault, disqualified driving and driving without insurance at Thames Magistrates Court, where he will be sentenced on October 2.

Police advised other iPhone users to download the app, and for owners of other smartphones to download similar apps.

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Safeguarding your mobile phone

This article has been reproduced from the Metropolitan Police website for the purpose of education

As many as 10,000 mobile phones are stolen every month. Two thirds of the victims are aged between 13 and 16. Many phones are also stolen from unattended cars. Here are some practical measures you can take to keep your mobile phone safe.

Remember to...

  • to register your mobile phone at www.immobilise.com
  • keep your phone out of sight in your pocket or handbag when not in use
  • use your phone's security lock code, if it has one
  • record details of your electronic serial number (ESN) and consider separate insurance
  • some phones have an IMEI number which is a unique identifier for the phone; you can obtain this number by typing *#06# (star hash 06 hash) into your mobile phone and it will display a 15 digit number
  • property mark your phone with your postcode and door number to help police identify stolen ones
  • report a lost or stolen phone to the police immediately
  • inform your service provider if your phone is stolen or lost

Don't...

  • attract attention to your phone when you are carrying or using it in the street
  • park in isolated or dark areas
  • leave your phone in an unattended car - if you must, lock it out of sight. It only takes seconds for a thief to smash a window and steal your phone.

By taking these simple precautions, you can protect your phone.

If you see anything suspicious, call the police - dial 999.

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