Why thieves profit from stealing cell phones

While certainly not pleasant, one must admit that cell phone theft is rampant. Statistics show that they are the most commonly stolen item. There are, of course, several reasons for this.

First is the fact that they are often stolen very easily. Many of us carry our cell phones in our pockets, ready to be retrieved when needed. Both of these are great opportunities for potential thieves.

There is also the fact that cell phones, especially newer types, are relatively expensive. It is obvious that the more valuable they are, the more tempted they are to steal them. After all, the main goal is to make as much money as possible. This is why theft is usually concentrated on more expensive items.

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Now, all of this is understandable, but the question remains: what do thieves do with the phones afterwards? After all, most people lock their cell phones. They have moved from the classic PIN to facial recognition and fingerprints, which only the owner can actually use.

But this makes it virtually impossible for a thief to unlock it. So what is he to do? Actually, he has several options.

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One of them is forced unlocking. These people usually know someone who specializes in unlocking cell phones and can break through these security measures. This allows access to stored files that may be of some value.59]

A far more common case, however, is when the SIM card is simply removed and the phone is sold as a used item, whether conventional or online or second-hand store. Thus, if an advertiser comes across an ad that says the charger has been lost, there is a good chance that the phone is stolen. They can make money very easily by doing this. Of course, the amount depends on the type of cell phone.

Sure, there are ways to track cell phones, but they don\’t work if the device is turned off. And that is certainly the first thing a would-be thief would do. So it is definitely important to keep an eye on your cell phone.