Cell phone theft has increased at a tremendous rate in the United States and around the world.
Worldwide, one of the most popular places for thefts is London, where it’s said that about 10,000 Smart Phones are stolen every month.
Police are using a term called “Apple Picking”, probably because many of the phones being stolen are Apple I-Phones.
Phones are “picked” from a person’s pocket or purse, and many times these phones are quickly handed off to an accomplice, which make it very hard to find the real thief.
A crowded bar is one of the most common places for this to happen. Often times surveillance video is the best tool to try and figure out where your stolen phone went.
Many other phones are being snatched from someone’s hands, or snatched off a table in a bar or restaurant.
Many law enforcement officials want the smartphone industry to come up with a reliable “Kill switch” feature, which will disable phones that are lost or stolen.
Tips to avoid cell phone theft:
- Treat your cell phone like it’s a wad of cash – so therefore, conceal it.
- Don’t leave your cell phone unattended.
- Keep it in a front pocket or a pocket that’s closed with buttons, a zipper, or snaps.
- If your cell phone is in a purse, keep the purse secure at all times.
- Always be aware of your surroundings and the people around you.
- Don’t let a stranger “borrow” your phone.
- Don’t be distracted just because you get a phone call. Make sure your phone is secure in your hand.
- Make sure your phone is equipped with tracking applications. Check with your cell carrier to make sure tracking and protection is available in case your phone is stolen.
- Use a Passcode or Personal Identification Number to make your phone more difficult to access.
This video from John Hopkins University is a little humorous, but it points out basic things that many people are forgetting, causing them to lose their cell phones to thieves: