How To Keep Your Mobile Phone Safe
What does safe ownership of your phone begin with?
The first thing you can do to keep your mobile phone safe is, actually, to register it at immobilise.com. This is free of charge to members of the public and it basically asks you a few simple questions around your name and address and details of the mobile phone. You need to have the IBI number to register the phone, which you can get by dialling star-hash-zero-six-hash, *#06#, on your handset and that will show you the IBI number. You register that at immobilise and then should your phone be stolen or lost, and the police either find it on somebody or find the phone, it enables the police to reunite the phone with you. So, that's the first thing you can do. In terms of actually safe ownership of your phone, it's about being aware of when and where you use it. Mobile phones are a terrific benefit for all of us in terms of being able to contact people, to make people aware of where you are, and be reassured around where friends and family are. However, you need to have some awareness around where you use it, particularly if you're coming off of public transport systems. When we come out of the station, we want to tell someone we're late or need a lift or want to speak to somebody, and it's in that immediate vicinity outside the station in particular that if you're not careful, people see you've got the phone. If you then go on to the phone and become engrossed in a conversation, you generally intend to become insulated from what's happening around you and lose that perception that you would normally have, and you could then be at risk. So, I think the bottom line is just be aware when you come out of the station and you're going to use the phone; just look around and see the surroundings that you are in, and obviously then, if you're not too sure that you're safe, just wait until you get a little bit farther away before you use it.