Combatting mobile phone theft

In the UK a mobile phone is stolen every 12 seconds (it was around one every 3 minutes a few years ago). If your phone is lost or stolen you can call your network operator and have them block the SIM card. However, the handset is still usable.

To block the handset you need your IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity). which you get by typing the following into your handset: *#06#

The National Mobile Phone Register is a free service that was set up in 2005 and is used by the police to track lost or stolen items. On a good day it looks like this:

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However, it’s currently down, and has been since yesterday morning.

In the meantime, make a note of your IMEI somewhere.

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