MOBILE phones are being stolen in Huddersfield at the staggering rate of six a day.
Thieves stole 2,248 phones across the town last year - and police remain puzzled where so many are going.
But they insist that many of the thefts could so easily have been prevented.
Pc Dave McSweeney, of Huddersfield police, said: "The figures are disappointing considering the rep- eated number of warnings we have given out about mobile phone crime.
"Many are left on tables in pubs, bars and clubs or in cars where they can easily be seen by passing opportunist thieves.
"Once more we would urge people to keep their phones in their pockets and in zipped-up bags."
A breakdown of the figures show 642 were stolen from people in Huddersfield town centre pubs, clubs and shops.
A further 328 were taken from cars, 370 from bags and pockets or during street robberies and 424 from house burglaries.
Seventeen were stolen in just two days at the turn of new year.
A West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: "Thousands of phones are being stolen in West Yorkshire, but we have no real intelligence as to where they are all going."