These days, almost everything we do can be aided by a smartphone. From directions to payments, we rely on our devices to help us navigate the world. Speaking from personal experience, when that device gets stolen from you, it can feel incredibly overwhelming.
In the UK, over 183 smartphones are stolen every day, amounting to roughly £27 million stolen every year. Most of these thefts happen in London and can happen in the blink of an eye. We’ve gathered some of our tips to help you avoid phone theft while you’re out and about.
Check directions before leaving
Before you set out, have a look at your map app to make sure you know where you’re going. If you want to follow the directions as you go, use earphones and have the notifications read out to you as you walk.
If you need to stop to check along the way, duck into a shop for a second. Always check your surroundings before taking out your phone and, preferably, keep your back against the wall so no one can come up from behind you.
Use a phone grip
MOFT’s phone stand isn’t just a great place to store cards, it’s also a great tool to help keep your phone safe. By threading your hand through your MOFT, you’re adding another layer of protection. Many phone thieves just want a quick swipe, but if you add resistance to that, they’re unlikely to give it a shot.
Don’t leave your phone on the table
When you’re at a restaurant, it can be tempting to keep your phone out on the table to keep an eye on notifications. If you’re sitting in a booth, leave your phone on the side between you and the wall to give a buffer. Never leave your phone unattended if you’re leaving the table - even if it’s only for a second!
A common phone theft scheme that can target your table is when someone approaches to ask a question. They’ll have an item (like a newspaper or magazine) in their hand that they’ll place on the table over your phone. While you’re distracted, they’ll lift the newspaper with your phone in their hand underneath it and walk away with both.
Use your phone’s security features
Check your phone’s features to see if they have the option to access it remotely in the event you lose it or it gets stolen. Many can find, lock or even erase data from your phone.
If you’re using a feature to find your phone, never go after it yourself. Relay this information to the police and let them handle it from there. It can be dangerous to take matters into your own hands.
If someone does take your phone, try to stay calm. Most phone snatches aren’t interested in hurting you, they only want the money they can get from selling your phone. Call the police and file a report. If you have your phone’s IMEI and serial number, provide this with the report as well (it can be helpful in potentially reuniting with your phone - I got mine back 7 months later!). It’s a scary experience that can shake you up, but you’re not alone!
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