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You can help keep your mobile devices safe from thieves by following the below advice:

  • Register it for free on That way if it does get lost or stolen, police are able to return it to you if it's recovered.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and be alert when you're out and about.
  • Try not to use your device in very crowded places where it could be snatched.
  • Keep your device with you at all times - and ALWAYS remove it from your vehicle when unattended. Thieves are opportunistic and won't hesitate to try their luck with your car, leaving you with the cost and the inconvenience of replacing your phone or tablet and potentially a broken car window.
  • Report a stolen phone or tablet to the police and your network provider immediately. Your network can bar calls from a stolen phone as long as it's been registered. So don't leave it until it's too late, make sure you:
  1. Register your phone with your network provider.
  2. Record your IMEI number and your phone number, and keep these in a safe place separate from your phone. Your IMEI number (15 digit serial number) cans be accessed by keying *#06# into most phones or by looking behind the battery of your phone.

As well as following all the steps detailed above - extra security is available for smart phones and tablets by installing a tracking application. These 'apps' are available from your devices application store and can help you locate lost phones/tablets or help the police recover stolen devices using its GPS signal. Make sure your device is locked when not in use as tracking apps can be deactivated by thieves if the device is not locked.

Popular free phone and tablet tracking apps include:

Many other security applications are available from your devices application store.


If your phone/tablet is stolen you should report it immediately. If it has a tracking application we may be able to locate your device and recover it if you report it quickly enough and provide your account log in details.

Mobile phone or tablet theft is a crime and the police treat it seriously. You need to report it by calling 101. Alternatively you can report it at your local police station. You will be asked to give details about the phone including when and where it was taken.

For a printable version of the above advice, please click on the PDF file 'Smart Phones & Tablets Flyer' located in the downloads box on this page.

Published 16/07/17