Here’s something to think about: over 800,000 mobile phones were stolen last year in England and Wales (according to official statistics). Crime as a whole might be going down – but it seems your shiny new mobile is pretty irresistible to would-be thieves. Some of us are more vulnerable than others. Did you know for example that 1 in 20 women aged 18 to 24 had their phone stolen last year? Sadly, it’s bad news for kids aged 14 to 17 as well; they’re twice as likely than adults to be the victim of phone theft.
The crew here at Mobile Madhouse want to make sure your phone stays safe. We like to think we’ve got all bases covered when it comes to spills, drops and knocks. We wouldn’t want to see your treasured device ending up in the wrong hands either. Here are our tips to ensure you don’t become a crime statistic...
Think about what’s going on before you get your phone out.
You don’t have to be particularly smart to be a smartphone thief. A lot of the time, phone theft takes the form of a ‘quick snatch’. Certain areas are honey pots for thieves. Tell the kids not to start walking and texting as soon as they’re out of the school gates. The Metropolitan Police advises not to automatically get your phone out as soon as you get out of the tube or train station. Leave it a little while and check what’s happening around you before you start texting or calling.
Don’t let your guard down in the pub
If you like to provide a running commentary on your night out via facebook, just make sure you don’t leave your phone on the table between snapping and updating.
There’s no need to advertise your phone
So you’ve just managed to get your hands on the Galaxy S4 or the gold-trimmed iPhone 5S? It’s natural to want to show it off – but there’s a time and place for all of that. There are times when you’ll want to keep your phone close to your chest. The beauty of a flip case is that it keeps all parts of your phone shielded not just from damage but also from prying eyes. If a thief can’t tell whether your phone is worth the risk of snatching it, he’s less likely to bother you.
Keep it off the dash
Car chargers are great. So are sat nav apps. Keep your phone out of view when you’re in the car though. Leaving your phone on display while you nip into the shop could leave you facing the double hassle of a missing handset and a smashed window.
Be sensible at home
Thankfully, rates of burglary are on the downturn nationally and less than 10 per cent of mobile phone thefts last year were as a result of burglary. That’s no consolation if your phone is taken from your home though. Don’t leave your phone charging in an obvious place (e.g. on the kitchen worktop) and that goes for your tablet too. Take it upstairs with you at night.
Register your phone
Make a note of your phone’s IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number. Register the number with your service provider and in the event that your phone is stolen, report your loss to the provider immediately. The provider should be able to put an immediate block on your phone. Even better, a ‘find my phone’ app may enable the police to trace your phone across any network.
You might not get your phone back, but at least you’ll have the satisfaction that no-one else will be able to use it either!
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Here’s something to think about: over 800,000 mobile phones were stolen last year in England and Wales (according to official statistics). Crime as a whole might be going down – but it seems your shiny new mobile is pretty irresistible to would-be thieves. Some of us are more vulnerable t