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Last Updated: Monday January 10 2005 18:13 GMT

Tips to avoid mobile muggers

Mobile phone


  • Keep your phone out of sight when you're not using it
  • Turn off the ringer
  • Use pin codes to lock your phone
  • Make a note of your phone's IMEI number - a unique ID number that only your phone has. You can get it by pressing *#06# on your keypad
  • Report stolen phones to the police and your service provider straight away
  • Mark your phone somehow so you know it's yours


  • Walk and text
  • Draw attention to your phone in the street, especially if you're on your own, or it's getting dark
  • Leave your phone on show in anyone's car

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