Phone thieves have a variety of techniques to separate you from your mobile phone. Pickpocketing and ”snatch” theft incidents are quite common. As is accidentally leaving it somewhere only to discover that it had gone upon your return. It’s also risky to leave your phone on display in your car or anywhere else in public unattended.
Immobilise recommends the following advice to give your device the best protection it can get;
Always use a keypad lock Use the keypad lock so that thieves cannot immediately access your phone or use the biometric authentication if your phone has it (fingerprint or facial recognition).
Install a tracking/anti-theft app These can be an effective way of seeing exactly where your phone has been taken to and the police trace your phone – which is very useful when catching the thieves who took it.
Register it on Immobilise.com Register your phone FREE on immobilise.com to help police recover it and combat the sale of stolen goods. UK network operators can also stop a stolen phone from working across their networks with its IMEI – Find your number by dialing *#06# and make sure you log it.
Be cautious When you’re talking on your phone in public, be aware of your surroundings. When storing your phone, don’t just slip it into your jeans pocket or leave it on view in a public place where it may get unwanted attention.
Get insured. Replacing a mobile phone can be a costly business and only a third of phone owners have insurance. It’s a sensible idea and a small price to pay for better peace of mind.
With the good weather and the longer daylight hours. Now is a great time to assess your garden and shed for vulnerabilities and make improvements. Taking just a few steps can make a huge difference in keeping your home safer. Here are a few of Immobilise’s top tips;
1. Make sure your garden tools and equipment are put away every evening – and secure your shed with a good lock. 2. Security mark all property in sheds, garages and outbuildings, registering ownership FREE on immobilise.com 3. Trim hedges to limit hiding places and even plant some defensive shrubs around the perimeter fences. 4. Ensure garden items such as wheelie bins or furniture cannot be easily used to gain access. 5. Install a motion sensor floodlight and even better CCTV and/or an alarm with a visible box on the exterior of the house.
It’s officially UK Bike Week and we hope you’re enjoying getting out and about on your bicycles. With authorities encouraging us to cycle to work, as a leisure activity or for fitness more of us are cycling than ever. Bicycles are seen as high-value targets by thieves, be sure follow some basic security advice to protect your bike;
Buy the best-approved lock you can afford, preferably a D-Lock – and remember 2 locks are better than one!
Pick wisely where you lock your bike, in a secure well-lit observable area.
With the fine weather and lockdown restrictions easing we’re spending more time in the parks. Most of us own portable valuables including phones, watches, bikes, digital cameras and other tech. These don’t go unnoticed by potential thieves.
1. Always be aware of your surroundings. 2. Try not to advertise your valuables. 3. Register them on Immobilise – You’ll have more chance getting them back if ever lost or stolen.
Registration tip Most gadgets have a serial number and phones have an IMEI number that you can reveal by simply dialing *#06# on your handset revealing a unique 15-digit number on-screen. These provide a ready-made ID that you can register on Immobilise as owned by you! If you don’t have an ID you can create one with one of our marking kits; https://shop.immobilise.com/immobimark-complete-property-m…/
To protect it Register it.
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