YOUNGSTERS who steal mobile phones are likely to end up with criminal records that could wreck their job prospects.
Police are getting tough with teenagers who steal phones from other youngsters.
The clampdown has already started, with youngsters being charged and taken to court.
A 16-year-old has been charged with four robberies and one theft relating to incidents in Quarmby, Golcar and Milnsbridge.
He has been remanded in custody to appear in court next Friday.
An 18-year-old has been charged with one robbery and is due before Huddersfield magistrates on Thursday.
Two other youths, aged 16 and 17, have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.
Detective Inspector Andy Parr, who is leading the clampdown, said: "Robbery is a priority crime for us and where we have evidence we will charge.
"We won't be giving any final warnings. If we have evidence we will charge people and bring them before the courts.
"Any arrests we make for robbery will also be referred to the Anti-Social Behaviour Unit.
"We know that specific gangs have been carrying out these offences and we will be targeting those people involved.
"This type of behaviour is criminal and if you are found guilty, you could spend a long time in prison.
"Think about the effect that could have on your family and future job prospects.
"Is it really worth it?"
Det Insp Parr also warned people who falsely claim that their mobile phone has been stolen will also find themselves in big trouble.
He said: "We are actively seeking those who have falsely reported that their mobile phone has been stolen in order to get an upgrade or a new phone."
Anyone with information about robbers should phone Huddersfield CID on 01484 436685 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.