Thousands of mobile phones are being stolen every month in the United Kingdom. Young people are especially vulnerable, but by taking a few simple steps, you can reduce your risk of becoming a victim:
- Avoid displaying your phone in public
- Keep it with you at all times and do not leave it unattended
- When using your phone, remain aware of your surroundings
- Register your phone for free at immobilise.com
Avoid a “pick-a-pocket or two” by taking a few simple precautions:
- Keep your bag closed and close to you at all times if possible with the opening towards your body
- Close your purse and put it away before you leave the till
- Try not to overload yourself with bags and coats
- Avoid carrying your wallet or purse in a back trouser pocket
- When you put money in your handbag, don’t let people see where you put it – especially when you are using an ATM
- Do not leave your handbag, pushchair or shopping trolley unattended
- When packing groceries in your car, never leave your handbag on the boot or roof of
You can find more information about mobile phone and tablet security, together with lots more personal safety information, on the Suffolk Police website.
Extra security is available for smart phones and tablets by installing a tracking application. These ‘apps’ are available from your device’s application store and can help you locate lost phones/tablets or help police recover stolen devices using its GPS signal.
Make sure your device is locked when not in use as tracking apps can be deactivated by thieves if the device is not locked.
Popular free phone and tablet tracking apps include:
Many other security applications are available from your device’s application store.