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How me and Mom got to visit a police station in Paris
A while back I took my mom on an extended girls weekend to Paris. We had a great time! Nice food, nice shopping, breakfast at the Rue Mouffetard and all the other perks of the beautiful city of Paris.
Image credit: Janne Jäppinen
On Saturday we took the metro to get back from the great sights of the city. It was crowded and my mom had felt someone tugging her handbag a bit. When we got off the metro, she checked her bag and noticed her phone was missing! Someone had managed to slip in their hand next to the closed zipper and had taken the phone.
As soon as we got back to the hotel, my mom called my dad back at home who had the necessary info to shut down the number. She wasn’t too worried as she had acted appropriately. I did not have the heart to ruin our last night by telling her that she would most likely get a HUGE phone bill even for the short period that the number was still operational.
The next day, instead of going to see some nice art, we spent the day at a police station in the 5th “arrondissement” to report the theft. We had done everything right: we had shut down the number, we had gone to the police so it felt really unfair when we got home and a massive phone bill was waiting for my mom.
Now, what could we have done to stop my mom from getting phone stolen and receiving a big bill as thanks? Well, she could have used a more secure bag on the metro. But what if she could have locked the phone immediately after she noticed it was stolen? The thieves wouldn’t have had time to make a single call.
Before her next trip, I’m going to help mom install our Free Anti-Theft for smartphones:
- If her phone gets stolen again, she can send a text message from my phone which will lock the phone. The thieves can’t see the content or make calls at my mom’s expense. If they change the SIM card, my mom finds out the new number.
- Mom can also send an SMS to find out the location of the phone on a map. She could show that to the Police. I wouldn’t want her to go looking for the thieves herself…
- However, it could be that the Police don’t have time to go looking for her phone, so then she can send a third text message to wipe the phone clean of all its data, including texts and photos.
Mom would most likely still need to buy a new phone, but at least she knows she won’t get any nasty, expensive surprises.
Have you or someone you know had their phone stolen? Did they have any luck getting it back?