posted Jan 6, 2013, 11:56 PM by Unknown user
updated Feb 11, 2013, 2:29 AM
According to the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit mobile phones are stolen in around half of all street crime.
Here are a few basic steps you can take to reduce the risk of having your mobile phone, MPS player or any other item of valuable property stolen from you:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.mycellwasstolen.com You stand a very good chance of getting your phone back when stolen, particularly if the matter is reported to the police quickly.