Mobile Phone Crime

By: Nick Cox

Mobile phone theft is an increasingly common problem. The latest mobile phones are a desirable target for thieves and according to the Home Office they account for 28% of all reported thefts.

Having your mobile phone stolen is a major annoyance, made especially worse if you discover that whoever made off with it has run-up huge bills!

So, how can you avoid becoming the next victim of mobile phone theft?

Keep it hidden
When not making a call, keep your phone close to you. Also, avoid leaving it on tables when in public places as thieves can easily make off with it when your back is turned.

Be aware
If you are making a call in a public area then be extra observant of what's going on around you. Thieves can be lurking anywhere, so use common sense and vigilance when using mobile phones in public.

Keep your phone secure
When reporting a lost or stolen phone, you will need to provide your service provider with an IMEI number. This number is normally printed behind the battery or it can be displayed if you type '*#06#'. Write this number down and keep it safe. This number is used to identify your device on the network; your handset can therefore be barred from the network.

Register
Register mobile phones and other property with The Immobilise National Property Register and Recovery Service is a great way to maximise your chances of having property returned to you. You can register online by going to immobilize dot com. The police have direct access to this database, so if they recover your phone then they can check your details on the register and return your property.

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