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Published May 9, 2018

In cities around the world there’s been a sharp rise in recent years in moped and motorbike gangs snatching mobile phones from unsuspecting people in the street.  The Gemini is great for being used when you’re mobile, so here are some tips to help you stay safe.

Don’t give thieves an easy opportunity

Always be aware of what’s happening around you, especially in busy public places such as the entrances to and inside subway stations, train stations, and crowded places.

When leaving a subway or train station don’t take your Gemini out of your pocket immediately, leave it a short while.

Don’t leave your Gemini sitting on tables outside cafés, bars, or restaurants, and don’t leave your Gemini or other valuables exposed in a bag or jacket.

Don’t walk and type at the same time, this makes you less aware of what is going on around you.

Keep phone calls brief when in public, the longer you talk the more likely you will be targeted by thieves.

If your Gemini is stolen

Report it to your cellular provider immediately so they can lock your account, and prevent it being used to run up large bills.

Report the theft to the police and your insurance provider if you have one.  The insurance company will need a police crime or incident number.

Give yourself the best chance of recovering your Gemini

Mark your Gemini with a security or UV marker such as SmartWater.

Register your Gemini with an online service such as immobilise.com.

Make a note of the IMEI number on your 4G Gemini, this is a unique 15 digit code found under next to the SIM and MicroSD card slots on the device.  You can also obtain the IMEI number by dialling *#06# on the device.  Make sure your cellular provider knows your IMEI number, as they may be able to immobilise the device.

Keep photographs of your Gemini, including of the IMEI and Serial number sticker, these can help identify the device if it is recovered.

Set your Gemini up with Google’s Find my Device service, this can help you track it, if it is stolen.  You can download the Find my Device Android app HERE.

Some security suites such as ESET include anti-theft features that can help track, lock, and erase the device and identify the thief.

Generally, keep your Gemini out of sight, and if you have any information about smartphone or mobile device crime, please contact your local police department.

This post was based on advice given by the UK Metropolitan Police

2 Comments

  1. Paul Mansfield Paul Mansfield

    I use an app called Android Lost. It’s very good, and makes it very easy to find missing devices.

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