Outsmarting Phone Thieves
Smartphones are in high demand -- whether new or old -- and the high monetary return makes them especially appealing to thieves.
When using your Smartphone in public:
- Stay in a constant state of readiness; stay alert to lurking predators and unexpected dangers.
- Avoid leaving your phone on the table at restaurants, bars, and coffee shops.
- Avoid leaving your phone in an open handbag; and never hang the bag over the back of a chair when out at a store or cafe.
- Do not call attention to yourself by walking with your Smartphone in hand when not in use.
- When traveling by bus or train remain alert and remember that most thefts on public transit occur near bus and train doors.
Register and lock it up:
- Register your Smartphone with tracking apps. (Example: iPhone users - "Find My iPhone," Android users - "Where's My Droid," and "Look Out"). Antitheft apps allow you to remotely lock your phone, wipe it clean of sensitive information and even remotely set off a high-pitched phone alarm.
- Register your Smartphone with the NYPD Operation ID program at your local Police Precinct. Ask for the Precinct, Crime Prevention Officer.
- Password protect your Smartphone.
Know your numbers:
Smartphone model number, serial number and International Mobile Equipment Identifier (IMEI) number. Save where you can easily retrieve them.
- F.C.C. maintains a full list of carrier contacts for reporting stolen phones:
- AT&T customers call 1-800-331-0500;
- Verizon, call 1-800-922-0204;
- Sprint, call 1-888-211-4727; and
- T-Mobile, call 1-800-937-8997.
Brought to you in part by the York College Public Safety Department.