Smartphone theft – A modern day crime.
Sadly, mobile phone theft has become big business for criminals. When you think that a smartphone can cost as much as £500 you can see why they are targeting phone users. Recent statistics from the Met Police show that as many as 300 phones every day are snatched on the streets of London, with the crime literally taking SECONDS to commit as the below video shows…
But here are a few basic steps you can take to reduce the risk of having your mobile phone stolen from you:
- Take care when leaving school and in crowded places. Try to be aware of what’s happening around you. Keep your mobile phone and other valuables out of sight.
- Walking and texting at the same time can be dangerous, especially when crossing the road. You will be less aware of what is happening around you.
- When you get off a bus or leave a tube or train station, don’t use your phone immediately, leave it a while.
- Don’t make it easy for criminals. Think before you use your phone in public or on public transport – especially at bus stops, the tube or train stations.
- Keep a record of your phone’s IMEI number – just type *#06# (star, hash, 06, hash) into your phone and it will display a fifteen digit number. You can use this number to register your phone at www.immobilise.com You stand a very good chance of getting your phone back when stolen, particularly if the matter is reported to the police quickly. Don’t wait until you get home. Get someone to ring the police on 101, or speak directly to a member of your school staff or a police officer. Always call 999 in an emergency.
- Many of the latest mobile phones have apps that can help you find your phone. Make sure you download these and have them on your phone as they are free. If your phone is stolen, tell the police about your app.
If you do have your phone stolen, remember don’t fight back; it’s much safer to give them what they want than get hurt or injured.
If your phone is stolen, tell your mobile phone network and the police – the handset can be barred and will be useless to all thieves
Register your phone with your network operator.
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The PowerPackXL team.