Mobile phones are a very commonly targeted item. They are high value, easy to sell on and sometimes, all too easy to steal...
- Write down your IMEI number, which can be found by typing *#06#. If your phone is stolen, your provider can block a thief from using it if you give them this number.
- Use a security code to lock your phone and set it to automatically come on when your phone is not in use. If a thief can access your phone then even if you know the IMEI number, by the time you have realised your phone is gone you may already be facing a hefty bill.
- Don’t leave your mobile switched on or on display in your car.
- Don’t advertise your mobile phone to thieves! If you’re texting and walking, you’re not concentrating on what’s around you and if you’re not concentrating, you’re an easy target. Put it away and wait until you are somewhere safe and well lit.
- If you’re at a pub or restaurant, don’t keep your phone on the table. There are several well reported scams in which the thief distracts the owner with a newspaper or magazine laid on top of the phone... When it is removed, the phone is gone.
- If you're considering buying a second-hand phone make sure it is legitimate or it won’t work! You can check before you buy using www.checkmend.com
- Be aware of pickpockets in crowds. If possible out valuables in zipped inside pockets. Don’t leave bags or pockets unfastened and if it’s very busy, carry rucksacks in front of you. Take particular care of your phone when at music festivals/concerts and in busy shopping centres.
You can register your mobile phone and other personal property on Immobilise. If it is stolen, you stand a better chance of getting it back.