Merseyside Police is urging mobile phone owners in Merseyside to register their phones this Christmas on the National Mobile Property Register database (NMPR) and is giving members of the public the chance to win an Apple iPad when they do. Merseyside Police is urging mobile phone owners in Merseyside to register their phones this Christmas on the National Mobile Property Register database (NMPR) and is giving members of the public the chance to win an Apple iPad when they do.
The NMPR database is an on-line property search, used by the police service to search for any identifiable item of property. Once a phone or other valuable electrical item is registered, officers are able to look up it's unique registration or IMEI number, view its registered owners details, find out if it has been reported stolen by the police anywhere in the UK, the insurance company and in the case of a mobile phone, which network it is on. Ultimately it will mean that you improve your chances of getting your phone back if its lost or stolen.
In the run up to Christmas, officers will be visiting every area across the Force to offer members of the public the opportunity to register their mobile phones via www.merseyside.police.uk
to the NMPR database. Registering only takes a few minutes and officers will be able to do this on-site.
Chief Inspector Shaun Holland explains: "Nowadays mobile phones are used for more than just making phone calls, in effect people have their whole lives are on them – family pictures, important emails, schedules and contact details. We realise that if your phone is lost or stolen it can have a big impact on your lives.
"We want as many people as possible to get their phones registered on the database this Christmas. It's simple and free to do, and means that if a mobile phone is found, or if we stop someone with a mobile phone that we believe does not to belong to them, we can quickly check it on the database, and return it to the rightful owner.
"We hope that by encouraging more and more people to register their phones, the message will get back to those who are thinking about stealing a phone, that it's just not worth it."
Throughout December officers will be out and about across the force area, with the publicity pod and an inflatable mobile phone, registering items and will also be giving out crime prevention advice to members of the public. Merseyside Police Website