USA love cell phones and are slowly replacing other technologies with handsets. The greatest proof of this is the number of devices in operation in the country in December 2015: approximately 257.8 million – that’s right, more than one per inhabitant. The mobile phones have won many fans, today they are almost family and keep many of our secrets.
Gadgets with GPS can show your daily paths, text messages denounce your acquaintances, and online banking passwords stored on a smartphone speak for themselves.
Desired and expensive objects do not just catch the attention of fans of new technologies. Speaking again in numbers, do you know how many handsets are stolen in EUA every year?
More than a million ! Data from the Ministry of Justice estimates that every year that amount of people are without cell phone. Obviously, the number should be much higher, as this figure corresponds to the number of thefts that were registered in the country’s police stations. Today you will know more about a weapon in the fight against cell phone theft: the IMEI lock. Performing this type of lock in conjunction with your GSM chip does not allow the smart guy who stole your cell phone to use it, sell it or switch it.
GSM and the problem
The deployment of GSM technology by all operators in the country has allowed us to have more options when choosing a mobile service provider. However, no one doubts that changing a cell phone or using a stolen one was much easier after the change, because just change the chip to continue using the device without restrictions.
IMEI and the solution
GSM facilities and the growing number of mobile phones on the streets have enabled theft to be followed by the sale of telephones. Just contact your service provider and request the SIM card lock .
To inhibit the theft of mobile phones, ANATEL, the Ministry of Justice and operators of the country intend to sign an agreement that allows the total blocking of the cell phone by IMEI. For those who do not know, IMEI means International Mobile Equipment Identity and allows each mobile phone to have a unique number, like a car chassis or serial code.
The IMEI can be found in the device box, in the battery space or by typing * # 06 # in the phone. Every enabled cell phone has its IMEI registered in a database called EIR (Equipment Identity Register).
With this, the device completely loses its usefulness, because who will want a cell phone to use only as a calendar or alarm clock?
How to block the IMEI
Blocking the IMEI is the only guarantee you have that the thief will not use your cell phone or even take advantage of something that is yours. To avoid disruption, always keep the IMEI in a safe place. If you do not have the box, write down the number and keep it at home, so if something happens you have what it takes to request the lock.
1. Make an Event Report
If the device was stolen or you lost it, the first thing to do (always) is to go to a police station and request an Occurrence Bulletin – in some cases, it is mandatory to block the IMEI, which is the second step. In some states it is possible to request it online:
- South region
Rio Grande do Sul , Santa Catarina and Paraná
- Southeast region
Rio de Janeiro , Minas Gerais , São Paulo and Espírito Santo
- Midwest region
Goiás , Federal District , Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul
- North East Region
Bahia , Paraíba , Alagoas , Sergipe , Piauí , Maranhão , Ceará , Pernambuco , Tocantins and Rio Grande do Norte
- North region
Rondônia , Amapá , Pará , Amazonas and Acre . Roraima does not offer the service.
Even if the possibility of recovery of the device is small, always make a BO, because with it in hand it is possible to prove that the cell phone was not with you if it is used in something illicit. In addition, authorities can know exactly the number of stolen phones and take steps to prevent further thefts.
2.Contact the operator
With BO in hand, contact your service provider and request IMEI and SIM card lock. In some cases, the attendant will request a copy of the BO by fax or email and as soon as you send, the blocking will be completed.
The tip is
When you lose or have your cell phone stolen always (always!) Make a BO. In addition, locking the handset is indispensable, as the more people do this, the fewer the phones will be targeted.
If all people follow these steps, stealing cell phones loses its meaning, since they can no longer be used as such. Except in the case of illegal trade of parts, a telephone that does not make calls is nothing more than a useless gadget.