Theft of a Mobile Phone

By: Ian Ball

A thief can steal any thing; but it seems funny when a gun is stolen from a soldier. A mobile phone is not a gun but it is an important item for a modern man more than a pen and an umbrella.

I have once lost my mobile phone in 2005. I was alone in driver seat in my car waiting at red light. A girl aged about 14 years reached came closer to me for begging. To avoid her I turned my face 90 degree in opposite direction. She quickly picked up my mobile phone, which was kept above steering wheel. After few second I realized that I have missed my phone. What to do now?

It is a fact that cell phone theft has been a common phenomenon in modern and rapidly changing society. Stolen phones are sold on to local shopkeepers. Rapid change in models and features of the latest phones is increasing the demand of mobile phones. Sadder part of mobile theft is that students of colleges and schools become easy victims. Though everyone takes care to prevent the phone set from the theft but unfortunate can happen with any body and any time. There is no set procedure of a theft to occur, so one can take care, but observing some precautions can increase the chances of safety.

A few simple but effective precautions can save the mobile phone from a theft. Around 25%l mobile phone thefts occur when the mobile phone is not being used and seen by a stranger or a friend. The theft cases of phones have been higher in malls and big market. Sometime phones are picking pocketed in rush areas. Therefore, a care should be taken in a busy place not to use the mobile phone. It does neither amount to hide a phone from public nor shows a fear from a thief, it is mere precaution. Also it makes one invulnerable to mobile phone theft. If a phone is put on display round the neck or with a belt clip than it should have strong rope or clip. It will avoid pulling and snatching. The idea of hiding model of phone is essential because a few thieves are crazy to get particular model of mobile phone.

In fact, Metropolitan security agencies advise that mobile phone should be treated like holding a $1000 note in hand. In order to understand the gravity of the situation a statistics should studied- 90% of thieves and 80% of victims are male - The majority of theft cases are committed co-groups. The teenagers of 16 years aged are offenders. The maximum theft cases occur between 2pm and 10pm. After every three minutes there is a theft case in metropolitan cities like Mumbai and London.

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