Suggestions for Stopping Mobile Snatching Incidents

The rise in mobile snatching incidents can be clearly seen in the surroundings. Its the easiest way of getting some petty cash at the end of the day.

Government has given one facility to help people block the IMEI and that’s it. Since then government is sleeping with putting a pillow under its head thinking that all the problems have been solved and its time for sweet dreams.

Well, this is simply just not IT!! Bear with me as I have to tell you the big WHY. Just by registering a complaint don’t solve the problem here. Restoring the phone and stopping people from IMEI resetting is the next thing to do.

How many cell phone users end up forgetting their cell phones, despite registering IMEI and all that – but not getting their stolen phones back? I would say 100 percent!

What government can do here is follow following steps..

  • Make IMEI blocking facility more robust. Add more phone lines.
  • Make stolen mobile database update quickly after the complaint lodge.
  • Add SMS based facility to check the mobile IMEI for stolen or theft status
  • Make sure that no shopkeeper changes IMEI numbers through computer software

Society’s Responsibility

  • If you are a shopkeeper, don’t Change IMEI of any phone
  • If you are a shopkeeper and deals in used cell phones, before closing a deal check updated list of IMEI numbers maintained with PTA

Shopkeeper social responsibility – I know, I know. But you have to come out of typical old mindset of “C’mon man! This is Pakistan” for once.

Well, whenever someone shows up at the mobile shop with a mobile to sell, the shopkeeper needs to check the database of “STOLEN MOBILES” first. If the mobile has been reported, then the shopkeeper needs to deny the customer. Or if their is facility then report the customer somehow.

If we all can join hands together, then we can beat this evil. But first, Join Hands!!!


  • “C’mon man! This is Pakistan” – Biggest Problem
    No one to enforce any laws. And also shopkeepers don’t buy stolen phones i can bet you with the current conditions they are going out of business unless there is prize for reporting person that is trying to sell them the stolen phone!

  • Moodi

    Perhaps my comment wud seems stupid but I strongly believe that perhaps the only way of putting end to it is to resist when confronted with these a-holes!

    Yeah we talk about Indians, and fighting the American or even Jewish forces yeah we talk a lot… yet we dont feel a thing to give away cellphones to these suckers on the streets!! Instead we think of it as smartness!! wOw my brothas! You got a brave heart and I am just soo proud of you!!

    And they say, cellphones don’t worth risking your life! Mayne its not about cellphones…! Its about that simple matter of fact–we cant let them overcome just because he’s holding a gun!

    Now they I know will ask… Did you ever resisted? Well, the truth is I was confronted with such thugs five times (thrice armed, twice just pocket-pickers) within two weeks time–they never got from me! Lucky huh?

    Whenever i hit the streets i know it could be my last day! But i dont fear them!! Its all about principals

  • Arshad

    Recently I came to know that you do not need software to change IMEI number, thanks to China there is a chip based thin flim circuit avaibale in market, place it on top of your mobile sim and thats all, now your sim/mobile operator will get another IMEI number and your stolen phone works..I guess we need to have IMEI number verification in place and to stop all calls made through invalid IMEI numbers.

  • AHSAN

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