Why Someone Stole My Mobile Phone

by Lee Colbran - Date: 2007-01-20 - Word Count: 540 Share This!

Not so long ago my mobile phone was stolen. I kept asking why I was the one who got targeted, especially since I had only had that phone for a few days. Why not the guy near to me with the cool Nokia that was constantly connected to his ear? The answer that finally came to me was that I was flashing my phone around in a public area. It's the silliest mistake I could have made, but the most common one that is made according to the statistics.

I take a little heart in the fact that I'm not the only person to want everyone to see and envy my new phone, but it seems to be the quickest way to get a mobile phone stolen.

Advice I got after the fact was that instead of flashing it around, I need to keep my mobile out of general sight and also hearing, apparently, where possible. This is a common sense step to take, but still one which I didn't so I feel a little lacking in common sense now. We're in a culture where the newest and most expensive phones are a status symbol, which is making it hard for me to take that step.

I rationalized it by weighing up the pros and cons of "putting IT away". I realized that flashing my phone to random strangers never really gained me any extra status. However, I definitely know that having no phone will lose me major status with "the group." In that group the reason I have for not having a mobile phone is irrelevant, it's all about the image.

Another fact I learned is that the thieves were probably listening to my ring tone when I got a call. Apparently, a lot of people seem to find loud ring tones very annoying, and broadcasting the type of tone I had gave a general idea of the type of mobile phone I had.

Since my phone had the latest polyphonic / true-tone ring tone with one of the most popular tracks in the charts at the moment, it became an instant target.

If I had lowered the ring tone volume, people near me would have been able to continue hearing, even after I've taken a call. It also might have meant that not everyone in a ten mile radius would have known that I had a mobile phone. According to other people, both of these are extremely positive things. It means I might not have my mobile phone stolen again and I might not upset all the nice people near me again.

There are people like me who just know that my new phone is way too cool and in demand not to be stolen so I'm taking steps to take to limit the damage. I was advised to record the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number from my new mobile phone. I have given the IMEI to the police so that if I should ever lose my phone or have it stolen again them it helps protect from anyone racking up hundreds of pounds worth of calls on my contract. The last thing I (or anyone) would want to worry about after a theft is a huge bill. That would really lower my status permanently!

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Lee Colbran writes stories that are of personal interest, including mobile phones, and that may help others.

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