Mobile phone thieves are on the rise; they strike their criminal act in busy crowds and in every day environments such as Café’s, shops and bars. The most common place for a mobile phone to be stolen is stations and bus stops. Here the public are not as aware of what is going on around them and are primarily concentrating on their bus time or rushing to the station platform. It’s in these situations where opportunistic thieves will be on the lookout for easy pickings.
The local police have sent out patrols to counteract this problem but as members of the public the most effective way to reduce the risk of phone theft is to follow some simple tips:
Put it away – Don’t leave mobile phones out on the bar table, put it back into bags. It is very easy for a thief to quickly pick up a mobile phone when its not being consciously watched and is out in the open.
Thieves are experts at being discreet and quick. If a person is walking and sending messages at the same time, it will leave them very vulnerable. Thieves see this as an opportunity whilst they are walking past or on their bikes.
The point of a cell phone is that its mobile, public have the freedom to use them on the go. The best way to reduce the risk of a stolen phone whilst using it is to keep the conversation brief. The longer the phone call the more attention you will receive. Thieves will spot public on their phones and they will follow their victim to a quieter place to enable their attack out of witnesses eyes.
When a mobile phone is stolen the most important thing to do is to prevent the culprit from being able to use it and/or have access to your private pictures, contacts, information and social media. Once the service provider is rung they will be able to block the phone immediately.
Other measures you can take to protect your phone against theft, or at least make it more difficult for a thief to get hold of them:
- Install anti phone theft software – there are suppliers that provide modern anti theft software for your smartphone. This software then enables you to remotely contact your phone and stay in control.
- Use a protective case – cases can not only protect your phone from damage, they can also serve the purpose of clever disguise. If a potential thief cannot figure out if your phone is a Samsung Galaxy S2 or iPhone 5 they may be less willing to take the risk. There are many mobile phone cases available that can help you keep it looking inconspicuous.
- Add a security mark – use an ultra violet pen to put your post code onto both your handset and battery. This will make it easily identifiable as your property when stolen.
A theft is a criminal act, especially if it is an attack on the public. The safety of a person is then put at risk in more serious cases. If a mobile phone is stolen it should be reported to the nearest police station. The owner of the mobile phone should also ring their insurance provider.
On most smartphones, a keypad lock function is provided. It is a good idea to use this function so the phone is automatically locked when not in use. This means the thief cannot use the phone immediately and the victim can block the phone before it is accessed.