An estimated 100,000 stolen handsets; worth up to £4 million; are sold to recycling companies like Phone Recycle Bank every year.
Last Thursday Phone Recycle Bank attended the launch of a new code of practice aimed at preventing stolen mobile phones from being accepted by mobile phone recycling companies.
The code is a joint initiative by the government, the police and the mobile phone industry and most mobile phone recycling companies have already committed to it.
The code of practice aims to put a stop to stolen mobile phones being recycled. It requires all handsets to be checked against the National Mobile Phone Register, this is linked to three industry databases containing information on mobile phones that have been reported as stolen, blocked mobile phones and Immobilise; a public register of mobile phone ownership. This process allows recyclers to identify the offending handsets and report them to the relevant authorities, who can aim to return the handsets to their rightful owners.
Phone Recycle Bank who prides itself as a responsible recycler has always been committed to putting a stop to mobile phone crime.
Tips to keep you mobile safe –
- Don’t make yourself an easy target. Keep your phone hidden and take extra care when using it at night, or in places associated with being popular with thieves
- Use your phone’s built-in security features, like the keypad Pin
- Add your phone to the National Mobile Phone Register. If it is stolen and recovered by police, it can then be returned to you
- If your phone is stolen, report it immediately to the police.
- Make sure you contact your mobile network as soon as possible so the phone can be blocked