LAS VEGAS - Smart phone theft is on the rise. In some cases, thieves are stealing phones right out of the hands of their victims. 8 on Your Side offers tips on how to prevent from becoming a victim.
The rise in smart phone thefts is affecting Las Vegas, as well as other major cities around the nation. The bad news is little can be done once it happens.
An 8 News NOW viewer names Marina had her iPhone stolen. She used an app to find the location of her phone, but didn't want to confront the crook. She says police told her they wouldn't go to the address either.
AT&T, meanwhile, is working on a plan to render stolen phones useless, so they are of little value to crooks. Doing that, however, will make the phones impossible to locate. That service will be available next year.
There are steps people can take in the meantime. One involves using creative cases to disguise your phones by making them look like books, cassette tapes or even Gameboys. A thief may pass if he or she believes you aren't carrying a valuable smart phone.
A recent case told of a California man who was robbed. The thief took his money and other belongings, but passed on the iPad the man was carrying, because it was in a case that looked like a book.