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The Home Office offer the following excellent advice on mobile phone safety:-

Protect your Mobile Phone

Thousands of mobile phones are being stolen by street robbers every month and young people are especially vulnerable. By taking a few simple steps you can reduce your risk of becoming a victim of mobile phone theft.

What you can do to protect your phone:

By providing the police with some basic information about your phone, you can make it more difficult for a thief to use it. Please record the details requested on this page and store them in a safe place.

These details may be needed by the police if you report your phone stolen. The 15-digit serial or IMEI number helps to identify your phone and can be accessed by keying *#06# into most phones or by looking behind the battery of your phone. This number could help the police to trace ownership quickly.

bulletAlways use your phone’s security lock code or PIN number.
bulletSecurity mark the battery (and phone) with your postcode and street number or the first two letters of your house name. For more information on security marking, contact the crime prevention officer at your local police station.
bulletRegister your phone with the operator. If you report your phone stolen, the operator should then be able to bar the SIM card.
bulletWhen using your phone, remain aware of your surroundings and do not use it in crowded areas or where you feel unsafe.
bulletAvoid displaying your phone where it is in public view. Keep it with you at all times and do not leave it unattended.

If your phone is stolen, please give these details to the police:

bulletFascia details
bulletPhone number
bulletSerial/IMEI number
bulletPIN number


Source:- http://www.crimereduction.gov.uk/stolengoods2.htm



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