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WEST Midlands Police are urging the public to keep track their smartphones, tablet computers and other valuables, by following new advice published on the force's website.

The impartial guidance encourages those with the latest 'must haves' - such as iPod Touch mp3 players - to keep them safe by installing applications which will enable them to track them online should they be lost or stolen.

The message comes just days after the force announced that robbery rates across the force have dropped thanks to a crackdown on robbers.

Detective Chief Inspector Darren Walsh, said: "Once downloaded these apps allow you through using another smartphone, laptop or computer to quickly ascertain where the device is using global positioning  very handy if you are the sort of person who leaves things on buses or in pubs or cafes.