Software could help protect your gadgets this Christmas
Laptops, mobile phones and PCs are at the top of many people’s Christmas lists this year.
But expensive gadgets are also a major attraction for thieves and Police are urging people to consider making use of free software to protect their property against theft.
One option available that can be used is Prey, an application that helps track and find lost or stolen computers and phones.
The free software can be downloaded directly onto a device and allows owners to trace the whereabouts of the item if it’s stolen.
It also provides a screenshot of a computer’s running desktop and takes a picture from computers with built-in webcams.
The software also allows users to trigger a range of actions, such as sound an alarm, send a message to appear on screen, or even lock the device from being used.
The Prey software requires an internet connection to work and will attempt to log on to the nearest WiFi access point available.
Anyone receiving valuable gifts like bikes, phones or computers this Christmas is also being urged to register their goods on a secure web based national database.
The Immobilise register allows police to reunite rightful owners with their property and is a powerful tool in the fight against theft.
Business crime reduction manager Samantha Hancock said: “There will be lots of expensive and desirable gadgets under people’s tree this Christmas.
“These high-cost items are extremely attractive to thieves and people could find themselves very disappointed this Christmas if they are stolen.
“By just taking a few moments to register valuables on the free Immobilise database and to download the free Prey application, people could increase the likelihood of having their goods returned to them, and assist in providing evidence for potential prosecutions.
“We don’t want anyone to be a victim of theft this Christmas, but be prepared just in case.”