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How hi-tech crooks get their booty.

LAPTOPS left in the boots of company cars are being targeted by high-tech crooks using the latest mobile phone technology.

Most modern mobile phones are Bluetooth enabled. This is a wireless connection that allows the user to communicate with other compatible devices, including laptops and personal organisers.

But thieves can use their Bluetooth phones to scan an area for other Bluetooth devices.

If there's one nearby and the battery is active, it will be picked up on the crook's phone.

Ling Valentine, owner of a Newcastle-based car contract hire firm, said: "Company car drivers often leave their laptops in the boot as they dash from meeting to meeting, but Bluetooth devices can pinpoint them in seconds.

"Drivers should always switch their laptops off if they're leaving them behind in the car
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 7, 2005
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