As christmas is approaching a new mobile phone is one of the top gifts this time of year.
We like our phones and they are part of our lives now and most cant live without them,these phones can range from cheap entry level models to high end expensive ones,and we would not like to loose them so here is some news and tips.
Over 12,000 mobile phones worth €5million have been stolen in the past year, Gardai have revealed.
New stats show that the number of stolen phones, the majority of which are smart phones, has increased by a third.
Gardai released the figures to highlight Crime Prevention Day of Action, which is promoting how people can avoid having their phone stolen.
Sgt Alan Roughneen, of the National Crime Prevention Unit, said: “Mobile phone theft is on the rise as gangs target high-value smart phones.
“These are expensive items and people should take the same care of them as they would any item that costs up to €500 and more.
“Smart phone owners need to be more vigilant, particularly when we are coming into a time of the year when they are more likely to be out socialising.
“All too often we see smart phones worth hundreds of euro being left out on tables in bars, nightclubs, café or restaurant tables while people chat and this makes it very easy for criminals to simply walk past and steal them.
To combat phone theft, Gardai recommend:
- Register phone with service provider
- Take note of unique IMEI number on mobile and store in location other than your phone. This number can be used to disable phone if it’s stolen
- Enable PIN security feature and keep phone locked at all times
- When out and about, keep phone out of public view
- Never leave your phone behind in an unattended vehicle
- Property mark your phone with unique letters or numbers
- Avoid making calls or texting while crossing the road
- If you have a smart phone, consider downloading a location finder App
- If making or receiving a call in public, always do so with your back up against the wall or a shop window etc so that you can see around you and reduce the opportunity to be attacked from behind
- If your phone is lost or stolen, immediately report it to An Garda Síochána and contact your Service Provider with your IMEI in order to have your number blocked