Follow Newham police’s advice to keep phone safe

With thefts of mobile phones still at a high Newham police say following simple steps could prevent losses.

Mobile phones are stolen every day, mainly by opportunist thieves. Young people can be especially vulnerable.

By taking a few simple steps you can prevent thefts:

* Make sure you use it when and where it is safe to do so and be aware of those nearby.

* Always make sure it is secure when not in use. Don’t leave it on show.

* Make sure your phone is marked and identifiable. Use permanent property marking techniques and mark the battery.

* When you buy your phone, always register with the operator and note down your IMEI number, which is unique to your phone and can help you recover it. If you press *#06# on your phone its 15 digit IMEI number will be displayed.

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* Ensure you’ve used the phone’s security lock code or PIN number.

* Record details of your phone.

Use Immobilise – a website supported by the Home Office dedicated to registering mobile phone details.

If your phone is stolen or lost:

* Report it to your network provider immediately and get the IMEI number from them if you don’t know it. Your network will block the phone, making it useless.

* You should also report a lost or stolen phone to the police as soon as possible, giving the phone number, type of handset and IMEI number.

Please note that falsely reporting the theft of your mobile phone is a criminal offence.