Gadget and phone theft tactics

Protect yourself from thieves intent on stealing your phone, tablet or other gadgets by learning their tactics.

Phone theft tactic: The Snatcher
Phone theft tactic: The Grabber Phone theft tactic: The Plucker

Protect your phones, tablets and gadgets

  • Install a tracker application on your phone and tablet devices, which could help trace them in the event of a theft.
  • Stay alert and aware of what's going on around you when using your phone in public.
  • Register your gadgets at
  • Keep a record of the unique reference number (IMEI) on your phone or tablet. To get this on your phone, dial *#06#. For tablets, check your settings or consult your user manual.
  • Always use your phone's security lock or PIN number.
  • Use an ultra violet property marker to write your post code and house number on valuable possessions.