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New gadget for Christmas? Make sure you protect it

Did you receive a new smartphone, laptop or tablet for Christmas? Lucky you! Remember to keep it safe by downloading free tracking software like www.preyproject.com, which helps you recover gadgets if they are ever lost or stolen.

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We’ve made some videos to show how you can install an anti-theft app on your Android phone, Windows phone, or iPhone.

To avoid the loss of photos with sentimental value, you can also regularly back them up to a Cloud storage system. There are several free systems available

You can also register your new gifts for free on the Immobilise online database at: www.immobilise.com. Immobilise helps police to identify the owners of recovered property and simplifies insurance claims.

But if the worst happens and you are separated from your gadget, you can report it as lost at www.reportmyloss.com, for free in the Avon and Somerset Police force area, or as stolen by filling in our online crime and incident form.