day cases are reported to the police where mobile phones have
been stolen or have been snatched. Mobile phone snatchers typically
target women or senior citizens, as they are less likely to put
up resistance. Cyber Cell advises you to adopt some basic steps
to reduce the risk of your becoming a victim of mobile phone theft.
Use your pin number to lock your phone when
you're not using it.
When using your mobile phone in a public place,
remain aware of your surroundings and try to avoid using your
phone in crowded areas or wherever you feel unsafe. Women traveling
by cycle rickshaws should be particularly wary of two-wheeler
Do not attract attention to your mobile phone
when you are carrying or using it on the street. Keep it out
of sight in your pocket or handbag when not in use.
Do not leave your phone in an unattended car
- if you must, lock it out of sight. A thief can be tempted
to break your car window and steal your phone. Generally, make
it a habit to keep your phone with you at all times and never
leave it unattended.
Make a note of the 15-digit IMEI number, which
is a unique identifier for the phone. You can get this by dialling
*#06# (star hash 06 hash) from your mobile phone and it will
display a 15-digit number. The IMEI number may also be found
behind the battery on some phones. This number will help identity
your phone and trace ownership quickly.
Property mark your phone and battery with your
name and address using a permanent security marker pen.
If your mobile phone is stolen, it is important
that your contact the police and your service provider as soon
as possible. The service provider should be instructed to immediately
bar the SIM card. You can help the police by giving them these
details: Phone (SIM card) number, IMEI number, PIN number and
details regarding Make & Model.