Writing down your new cellphone’s EMEI number and keeping it in a safe place is an oft-neglected precaution that could help recover your phone after it has been stolen.
Each phone carries a unique IMEI number (International Mobile Equipment Identity number) which can be used to track it anywhere in the world.
This allows you to discover the phone’s location without having to go to a police station.
This is how it works, according to a guideline by George Herald:
1. Dial *#06# from your mobile.
2. Your mobile phone shows a unique 15-digit number.
3. Note down this number at a secure place except in your mobile phone itself as this is the number which will help trace your phone in case of theft.
4. Once stolen, just email this 15-digit IMEI number to firstname.lastname@example.org with details as stated below: Your name, address, phone model, make, last used number, e-mail for communication, the date it went missing and the IMEI number.
5. Your mobile will be traced within the next 24 hours via a complex system of General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) and Internet. You will find where your handset is being operated and the new user’s number will be sent to your e-mail.
6. After this, you can inform the police with the details you have.
According to Gauteng provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini, if the victim of a theft reports the stolen device and provides police with details of its location, they will act on that information and investigate.
– Caxton News Service