Thieves can be caught on laptop webcams

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Police are urging people who have received hi-tech gadgets as gifts this Christmas to help them fight crime by using the latest tracking technology.

Smartphones and laptops - some of the most popular items stolen by burglars and street robbers - can have readily-available tracking software downloaded onto them, usually for free, that can help officers recover them and catch the thieves.

The software can be activated if the item is stolen and pinpoints its whereabouts using the device’s built-in GPS. As well as allowing police to pinpoint where the stolen item is, many can remotely restrict access to personal data, delete passwords and even take a photograph of the thief using a stolen laptop’s webcam.