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May 4, 2014

Police urge owners to record cellphone info

Ada — Ada police are encouraging cellphone and electronics users to record identification numbers as soon as an item is purchased.

Ada Police Officer Jason Mosley said police take reports of lost or stolen cellphones all the time and most owners don’t have the information on hand.

“A lot of people don’t know that you can actually blacklist the phones with providers, that way it’s flagged as stolen,” Mosley said. “If someone ever activates it somewhere it will pop up as stolen and the store can take possession of it.”

Ada police are encouraging people to take a little time take advantage of this.

“Whenever someone does purchase a cellphone, or iPod, or camera, or GPS, or laptop, record all those numbers and keep them in a safe place so if the item gets stolen, if they can give us all the numbers we’re needing, there is a huge chance we can get the device back,” Mosley said. “There are a lot of people that have no idea that’s possible. They just basically give up because their phone’s gone.”

A few minutes of time can save a person hundreds of dollars to replace a lost or stolen cellphone.

Ada Police Detective Destry Musgrove said owners can write down IMEI numbers, SIM card numbers, serial numbers and  CCID numbers, or, just take a photo of the numbers and email the photo to themselves so it can be stored in an email account.

If a cellphone is lost or stolen, mosley said to first make a police report, then contact the service provider to have the phone blacklisted.

Cellphone owners can look in their settings app to find the proper numbers, or look inside the phone near the battery and SIM card.

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