Today’s tip –
Keep your cell phone safe
With the proliferation of smart phones, cell phone thefts have also skyrocketed nationwide. In recent week, a number of cell phone thefts have been also reported in Minneapolis. Typically the robber will steal an unattended phone or snatch the phone from someone’s hand and run. The stolen phones are then sold on the black market. A cellphone’s resale value can range from $100 - $300.
The police department's Third Precinct issued this list of tips to protect your cell phone from theft.
- Pay attention to what is going on around you and who is near you. Using your phone in public makes you much more vulnerable to being robbed or assaulted. You should be paying attention to what’s going on around you and who is near you, rather than paying attention to someone on the other end of a phone conversation.
- When not in use, keep your phone out of sight. Keep your phone in your pocket, bag or in a phone pouch, not in your hand where someone can grab it.
- Keep your phone close to you. Don’t leave it on a table, desk or counter in a public place.
- Use a password to protect your phone. It will make it more difficult for a thief to use your phone or access the information you have stored on it.
- Do not store any information on your phone that you wouldn’t want others to have. Don’t keep personal information, bank and credit card online passwords etc. on your phone.
- Keep the phone number of your cell phone provider in a safe place. The cell phone provider can probably disable the phone remotely if it’s stolen or lost.
- Back up the information on your cell phone. Most cell phone companies offer backup assistance through their phone plans. You may be able to back up your phone data on you home computer as well.
- Download an “anti -theft” application. If your phone is lost or stolen you might be able to locate it, “wipe it” (i.e. remove the data from the phone) or make the phone unusable to the thief. Contact you cell phone provider for more detailed information.
- For more information contact CPS Don Greeley at 673-3482 or [email protected]
Published Jun 20, 2012