According to mobile phone insurer “Protect Your Bubble” there were about half a million phones stolen in 2016. It certainly feels that a large percentage of them are being taken unlawfully in our local area, particularly in Crouch End and Muswell Hill. There are daily reports of young people riding scooters and swiping phones out of the hands of unsuspecting members of the public. As an IT company, we thought it prudent to share steps to prevent your phone from being stolen or how to locate it if it has been pinched.
Protecting your phone against theft
There are a number of ways you can reduce the risk of being a target as advised by the College of Policing:
- Be vigilant – by being aware of your surroundings you are more likely to clock suspicious behaviour
- Use your phone’s security features
- Learn how to identify your phone if it is stolen
Mobile Phone Security Features
Phone companies have ensured that mobiles are installed with a range of security features preventing unwanted access and use. However these are only good as the user. Get to know your mobile phone’s security features and make sure they are switched on!
- Access control – most phones require you to enter a PIN or password
- Location service – smart phones have apps which allow you to trace its location via a remote service
- Wipe data remotely – this can get rid of any sensitive data that thieves might use (such as bank details)
- Display a home/lock screen message – this will hopefully help you be reunited with your phone
- Prevent factory reset – a way to stop thieves from unlocking the handset via factory reset
For more details on how your phone’s security features work, take a look here.
Identifying your stolen phone
If you are rather unfortunate to have your phone nicked, there is a small chance of recovery, especially if you took the above security measures. If someone hands it in at a police station, they will need to know more than “it’s a Samsung Galaxy”. Your unique International Mobile Equipment Identity number (IMEI) is what you need to know. This can be found in the following ways:
- typing *#06# into the keypad
- looking in your SIM card or battery compartment
- looking at the packaging or paperwork your phone came with
North London IT Support Advice
We would advise that you not only take the above security steps to keep your phone safe but to also:
- Insure your phone – read Money Saving Expert’s advice on which mobile phone insurance is best for you
- Back up your phone – At North London IT Support, we love nothing more than a good back up! This Wiki How shows 3 ways to back up your android or iphone
If you need help to activate your mobile phone’s security features then do get in touch with us on [email protected]