Keeping smartphones in your hands, not someone else's

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by Michael Schlesinger

MILWAUKEE -- New figures released today show violent crime is up in Milwaukee, the highest it's been since 2008. Milwaukee police say the 5% increase for the first six months of this year, fueled by a nearly 20% jump in robberies.

MPD tells us a lot of those robberies were happening on the city's north side where people's smartphones were being swiped.  So what can you do to protect yourself and your phone from a thief?

Some good news, perhaps. Getting a smartphone stolen doesn't have to be the end of the world.  The experts recommend doing a few things right away when you get a new phone, including setting up a password, enabling data wiping, and installing a tracking device. 

Sam Stair of S2 Technologies in Tosa is on the pulse of smartphone development.  He knows what they're worth and how far those will go to get their hands on one.  He also warns about buying phones on Craigslist or eBay.  If you purchase a stolen phone and can't activate it, you're stuck.

The experts also advise going through your local insurance agent, instead of your cell phone carrier, to get accidental damage coverage. This covers you in case of theft, and it may save you lots of money in the long run.  Also, authorities recommend being very careful where you display your phone.  Be aware of your surroundings.

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