Everyone is very aware of the number of mobile phone thefts
that take place. The thieves are after the latest, trendiest
phones as they consider them a status symbol. They will use
them for a short time and then often simply discard them.
of the robberies are young people robbing young people as
they are easy targets and most likely to have trendy phones.
can you do about it?
Try not to use your mobile phone in the street if possible.
If you have no choice, then make sure you are aware of your
surroundings. Don't talk along the street chattering away
oblivious to who is walking near you. Stand still with your
back against a wall/shop front and look around you whilst
you are talking.
Don't use your mobile phone as a substitute for a watch. If
someone stops you and asks you for the time, look at your
watch and if you don't have one, then say "Sorry, I don't
have a watch." Don't take your phone out - it could get
· If someone comes up to you and asks you if you have
a mobile phone don't immediately put your hand on/in the pocket
that contains it - you'd be surprised how many people do this
- and it is a dead giveaway that you have a phone. Just say
no and walk on.
Don't put your mobile phone down on a table or a bar in a
restaurant or café. It is very easy to steal by people
walking past your table. You only need to be distracted for
a second and it can be snatched.
Property mark all parts of your phone, the cover, the casing,
the inside of the phone and the battery using a UV marker
pen. (you can buy these from the Putney Police Crime Prevention
Shop next to the cinema, opening times Monday to Saturday
10am to 5.30pm. They cost 50p. Or purchase a marker kit that
includes hologram warning labels and a record card for your
phone's details. The kit costs £1.00
Make a record of your phone's IMEI number. Press *#06# on
your keypad and this will give you're your IMEI number. Write
it down together with the number on your SIM card. Keep these
details in a separate place from your mobile phone. If your
phone gets lost/stolen then pass these details immediately
to your service provider and the police. Your service provider
will deactivate your phone so that even if the thief puts
their own SIM card into your phone, it won't work. Until recently
BT Cellnet and Vodafone did not have this technology but the
good news is that they have just introduced it.
No material possession is worth risking injury or your
life over. They are replaceable. You are not!
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