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Security Tips For Theft, Robbery, Loss of Mobile Phones

  • Keep your mobile phone invisible in your pocket or bag when you are not using it.
  • Keep your mobile phone locked with a lock code or PIN when you are not using it.
  • Do not use your mobile phone when you are in places that you feel unsafe.
  • Try to have your mobile phone as invisible as possible when you have it with you or when you use it on the street.
  • Put your mobile phone in a safe pocket when you are at a bus stop, in transportation, department stores, malls, playgrounds, entertainment venues and generally in crowded areas.
  • Do not leave your mobile phone unattended when you are in a cafeteria and in other busy places. Do not get into the sea, leaving your mobile phone (and other items) on the beach without supervision.
  • At home, do not leave your mobile phone near open windows or on tables in the courtyard near the street.
  • Do not leave your mobile phone unattended in the car. In case you have to leave it in the car, place it somewhere where it will not be visible.
  • Record and preserve the IMEI number of your device in a safe place. Each mobile phone has a 15-digit IMEI number, which is unique and identifies the device. You can see this number on your mobile phone screen by typing * # 06 # (Star-Hash mark-Zero-Six-Hash mark).
  • Write down your device’s serial number, which is usually listed at the point where the IMEI number is also displayed.
  • Inform the mobile service provider in writing fot the theft in order to prohibit the reception and/or provision of any electronic communications service from your device.
  • Create a fixed mark on your device to make identification easier in case of theft. Even a photo of the mobile can be useful if it is detected. (Marking the mobile can be done with a marker or a sharp object. There are also special pens with UV rays, which are invisible to the naked eye and only when the recording is illuminated it can be seen).
  • Do not easily pass your mobile phone to an unknown person who has asked you to make an “emergency call” without investigating and assuring that there really is such a need.
  • Do not trust an unknown person who will ask you to see your mobile phone to see if it’s what they ‘lost’ or to look at the model or for any other similar excuse.
  • In the event of a threat with any weapon, do not risk your life or physical integrity to keep your mobile phone in your possession.
  • Read carefully and apply the security advice of your mobile phone vendor.
  • Informed immediately the providing company in the event of the theft or loss of the mobile phone.
  • Report the illegal removal your mobile phone to the Police. If you notice any suspicious activity, call 112 if in Europe (100 also applies in Greece) or 911 if in the USA.

Source: Hellenic Police

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