MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — If you’re unlucky enough to have your cell phone stolen, a new database will make your phone useless to thieves.

Wireless carriers announced they’re teaming up with federal and local authorities to create a stolen phone database. Minneapolis Police have warned people to watch out for thieves grabbing phones right out of people’s hands, which they quickly re-sell.

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With this new data base, once you report your phone as stolen, its unique ID number will be used to block it from being used again.

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“Carriers with the push of a button will be able to take highly-prized stolen instruments and turns them into worthless pieces of plastic,” said Ray Kelly, the police commissioner in New York.

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The carriers hope to have the database up and running in about six months.