Tech tips: how to blow up your phone when it’s stolen?

Every mobile smart phone comes with an IMEI number which helps police and insurance companies to identify it when it’s stolen.

British network operators can then stop a stolen phone from working across their networks with your phone’s IMEI.

Find your IMEI number by dialing *#06# from your phone and keep a written note of it.

If the phone is stolen, report the number to your mobile provider to stop it being used.

Also, you can register your phone and other property at to help police recover stolen property and combat the sale of stolen goods.

British police recover more than 2,500 items on average a month registered to the website.

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