This is a quick reminder for mobile phone users to be aware of certain procedures you can follow to ensure the safe return of your mobile phone in the event of it being stolen or lost.
Firstly always be aware of your IMEI number. This number is unique to your phone and it is how the phone can be identified to ensure it is disabled upon theft or loss making your phone useless.
Another way of ensuring when your phone is stolen of tracking any possible attempts to sell is by registering the IMEI number on Immobilise FREE website. The database is accessed by all police forces when looking for stolen goods and also second hand property dealers such as Cash Converters and Mazumamobile.
We have had quite a few successes whereby criminals have tried to sell phones that have been registered on Immobilise as stolen and this has been flagged by the retailer and who has then contacted us to apprehend the person selling the equipment. This can also cover laptops and other equipment that has a serial number.
Follow the link below to Immobilise to get your equipment registered,
Register your phone on www.immobilise.com using the IMEI number.
To find the IMEI number on any handset, go to the dial screen, dial *#06# and it will display on the screen.
If this phone is recovered by any Police force, Second hand dealers or mobile phone sellers then the handset can be traced back to its rightful owner.
When a phone is stolen during a crime, there is a great chance of Police recovering the handset and locating a suspect if the victim knows their IMEI number and it is registered on Immobilise.
Remember to always report phone theft to your police force (ring Tel: 101) so that we can be aware of activity and crime patterns.