How to Protect your Stolen Phone

With Mobile Phones getting fancier, popular, and more expensive by each passing day; these devices are increasingly exposed to theft cases. These thieves are normally interested in your cell phone, and don’t show not interest over the data that is stored in your cellular phone. However, at times these

thieves or ultimately the new buyer of your stolen phone may access your crucial and very personal data. The situation may lead you towards a very depressing state leaving you with no option but to regret on better planning your personal data storage strategies.

Regardless of what measures should be considered in order to lessen these street crimes, I am going to focus on steps that may offer you least harms and damages even if you loose your cell phone. Let’s start discussing the topic by focusing on each point

Backing Up your Data: Data backup is very important. You may need these backups even when your phone goes dead. Backing-up your phone data may include following objects

  • Contacts and numbers
  • Short Messages
  • Emails
  • Files (on Phone storage and Memory stick)
  • Calendar events

Don’t keep any personal files/information in Cell Phone Memory: Be sure, that the information/files in your cell phone memory are not personal or of any confidential nature. We often keep our family photographs, movies, recorded voice conversations, account information sent to us by a friend through SMS, Debit Card PIN number in contacts and so on… DO NOT KEEP SUCH INFORMATION IN CELL PHONE. Consider following below steps

  • Upload Photos/videos to your PC or burn them on a CD instead of keeping them in phone. This, at times, is ignored; we keep our voice conversation/videos of intense confidential nature in our phone’s memory. These files are on the edge of exposure if your cell phone is theft or even in case loose your cell phone, and can be mishandled by the thieves or any one who finds your phone.
  • Note down important information from text messages (SMS) and delete them immediately
  • Try not saving your PIN numbers in contacts, or if you can’t resist doing that, give them some dummy names, such as Manager Askari Bank, and store your PIN as 03004005689…where the 5689 is the PIN number that you wanted to storeMobile Phone Protection
  • Make it a habit to remove all un-necessary messages from your inbox on weekly basis. You can store/backup your messages on your PC before permanently deleting from your cell phone. SMS messages can help identifying your relation with the sender/recipient’s number, hence this may cause identity theft
  • Try locking your folders, phones by entering security codes, given that your phone supports this feature. It can be a handy feature, but make sure that this is not the ultimate protection, many software are available that can unlock your folders and other access of your phone.

How to minimize the chances for Phone theft: Although, these theft incidents happens at once, and no one can plan due to the severe situation that arises when a cell phone snatcher is standing before you with a gun and asking you for mobile phone and your valet etc…however, adopting following things may lead you to some better results

  • Put your phone in Phone Casing, that is likely to be attached with your bag or belt; try not holding your phone in hands all the times. You can easily forget your mobile phone if it’s in your hands.
  • Many of mobile phone users keep multiple handsets with them, in such case, if you are before a snatcher with a gun in his hand, try exposing your relatively low cost phone. For this purpose, making a master phone and other as secondly phone can be helpful.
  • Don’t leave your phone on car’s dashboard, especially when you side windows are down.

PTA’s IMEI: PTA Chairman, Maj. Gen (R) Shahzada Alam Malik, on May 17th, 2008 said that Pakistan Telecommunication Authority is blocking almost 400 snatched handsets daily. If you want to get benefited of this service, try following things…

How to get your IMEI number: Make sure that you have noted your phone’s IMEI number, so you may re-produce it to PTA in order to get your phone blocked. You can get IMEI number of your phone by entering *#06# into any GSM based cell phone. You can also get IMEI number from the back of your cell phone’s packing that came with, when you had purchased.

How to Report:

  • You can report your stolen phone with IMEI, by calling Police at 15
  • Call at PTA’s toll free number 0800-25625
  • Call CPLC (Citizen Police Liaison Committee) Tel: 021-5682222, Fax: 021-5683336 website: www.cplc.org.pk
  • Email PTA [email protected]

What to Provide

  • IMEI Number of your stolen cell phone
  • Cell Phone number
  • Name
  • National ID Card Number
  • Address and contact Number

However, PTA’s IMEI based blocking system is not ultimate protection as well. This way you are not going to get back your cell phone, however, the snatcher may not use your cell phone for any service. Still he/she will be able to access your data (contacts, files, text messages).

This Article was First published on ProPakistani back in May 2008

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • syed Najam Haider

    For all the three provinces except Sind you can access to CPLC Faisalabad for the Blockage of your Theft/Stolen/Snatched Cell phone by calling on 041-111-222-345, For locals they must come to the office with the photocopies of warranty card/ NIC, For further information please contact CPLC Faisalabad, Additional IG Complex, District Court Road, Police lines Faisalabad.
    Tel:041-9200054-55, Fax:041-9200053.
    Email:

  • syed Najam Haider

    Block your theft/missing/snatched cell phone by calling cplc faisalabad uan number :041-111-222-345, 9:00am to 9:00pm, sunday off.for more info please contact

  • Unknown

    What is this service? CPLC is really a bullshit itself. I came to cplc office for blockage of mobile phone from reception to person who is receiving applications are not cooperative and miss behave

  • Very well written.
    I have heard that even the sets blocked by the cplc can be unlocked.

  • thanks for such a very informative and helping post :)

  • Usman

    nothing happens .. IMEIs can be changed easily and the cellphone can be unlocked then … and the ideas u r providing there are chances that some snatcher maybe reading this post too :)

    • zain

      Hi usman..you are right man..he might be reading it but i think ime can not be changed, phone might get unlocked ..how can ime number be changed??

      • Baloch

        brother imei can be changed. Its illegal but it can be changed.

  • Bashir Ahmad

    Dear Sir,
    This is Bashir Ahmad from Pakistan. Someone has rubbed my mobile when i had just crossed Clifton (Karach, Sindh, Pakistan) and headed towards Defence (Karach, Sindh, Pakistan) in the bus on 06 March 2009. How can i block the mobile or can we trace the mobile with IMEI number.

    Nokia: 2600 Classic
    IMEI: 352909027873369

    I will be really thankful to u for any help in this regard.

  • Sheikh Abdullah

    I have also heard that it get unblocked by changing the imei number in Rs.50 by any cell phone technician

    • Atif

      Shiekh Abdullah u contact with me its very urgent

  • I have been following you blog for few weeks now. And, i should say that your posts are really informative. Keep up the good work. Waiting for more posts from you.

  • Affan

    Will anyone for God’s sake tell everyone as what is the ultimate solution for blocking the phone set if the damn EMEI blocking system is so fragile?
    Lets just not say that we have problems, get to the solutions everyone! and share it!

  • Faisal Khan

    Hello, Very impressive indeed. I have been reading your mails/articles and it has been above average in many ways. I think you have guys have been a major source of giving top information about Pakistan rather then any industry or Masala news…. Bravo…… I also believe in the misuse of technology in our country. Internet and mobile has been disaster especially after so much improvement in the Mobile phone area through CAMERA, INTERNET and BLUE TOOTH.

    I wish you best of luck and I hope and pray that your database will keep rising so it can reach every one specially the sensitive users, cheers.

    • admin

      Thank you Faisal – Your words made our day : – )

  • Tabi

    Sir mane apna fone unlock karwana ha.plz help me mane aik mobile parches kia wo aik sim on karta ha warid ke ma sab sim chalana chata ho plz help me reply

  • aik pakistani

    Dear friends,
    Taling about CPLC and IMEI number is all about useless.
    Lets say i have purchased a used cell phone and the seller after some days lodged a fake complaint using the imei number with his personel details.. and my phone will be locked… this imei number phone locking is bogas…

  • touseef

    sir,plz blok my cell phone 6120 c-1
    Imei 354846/02/499403/8
    0552780
    243
    fccid-ljprm243
    Ic661e
    Rm-243
    Ce0434
    Plz block my cell,
    I shall b very thank ful 2 u.
    Sajid majeed khan
    82203-7699001-9
    Add# chnalbung,p.o Qulian,Dist&tehsel Muzaffarabad.

  • sajid majeed khan

    sir,plz blok my cell phone 6120 c-1
    Imei 354846/02/499403/8
    0552780
    243
    fccid-ljprm243
    Ic661e
    Rm-243
    Ce0434
    I wil b vry thnkful 2u
    Plz sir
    Sajid majeed khan
    82203-7699001-9
    Add# chnalbung,P.o Qulian,disst &tahsel Muzaffarabad.

  • ARSH SALEEM

    sir someone has stolen my mobile last night(19-5-2012) from hostel.how can i recover it,if there is any way plz tell me.