We’ve all lost track of our cell phone at one time. After turning the house and car upside down, we then call the phone hoping it will ring nearby and all will be saved. But this past weekend, I actually lost my phone; probably at the shopping mall while escorting two rowdy teens. Cell phone thefts reported to the police have doubled over the past year and it’s reported that one in four cell phones will be stolen. Mobile phones are effortless to steal because they are small and can often be sold on the grey market. It is important to respond to this situation quickly. What was my next course of action?
Back in the day losing a phone wasn’t as big of deal as it is now. Phones are notably more expensive now, and hold a lot more sensitive data. It may be too late to know this, but it is really important to lock your phone with a password. That way any sensitive data on your phone is safe. Also, you want to have your phone’s ESN, IMEI or MEID number (often found behind the battery or on the back of the iPhone near the FCC ID) in case you lose your phone.
Text and call your phone- Plead, offer a reward, it can’t hurt at this point. You may see your phone again after doing this, but do not count on it.You can visit IMEI Tracker
After texting and calling your phone call your cell phone carrier. Let them know that you have lost you cell phone or it has been stolen. You can ask them to suspend the service of the device, so that the chance of a thief racking up expensive charges on your phone is eliminated.
Use Security Apps- With smart phones there is an app for helping you find your stolen phone. There are apps that will track your phone with a GPS tracker. There are also apps that will wipe all the data that is stored on your phone or just lock the phone until you can get to it.
Retrace your steps. This is true with anything, and it is true with a phone. While there is a high chance that someone picked it up where you left it, you may get lucky and find it sitting where it fell out of your purse. It can also help to check your local police station in case a Good Samaritan turned your mobile in.
Don’t panic. While losing your phone is a very frustrating experience, it is not the end of the world. It will also be difficult to solve the problem if you are freaking out. So take a deep breath, think logically. The worst that can happen is that you will have to buy a new cell phone.
If you are very active on your phone, you may want to consider backing up your phone. This will safe guard your apps, purchases and other valuable data. This way if you do have to buy a new phone, you won’t have to start over completely with your new phone.