Sunday, October 5, 2014

India: Female Tourist from Bangalore Puzzled by Disappearance of Smartphone Valued at US$728.72

According to The Times of IndiaBangalore tourist Niha Gupta, who was staying at a hotel in Colva, lodged a complaint with the Colva police that she was robbed of her iPhone worth 45,000 rupees (US$728.72).

Police sources said that the incident occurred on the intervening nights of October 1 and 2. 

COMMENT: Unidentified thieves reportedly entered her room and made off with the victim's cellphone.

Unfortunately, in today's world whereby the five Ws are seemingly omitted from most journalists' news accounts (Who, What, Where, When and Why not to mention "How" an event actually occurred, it is very difficult to discern how  any newsworthy account transpired.

Noteworthy, though, is the below link which highlights the incredible frequency with which smartphones are stolen:

http://stayingsafeabroad.blogspot.com/2014/10/tip-of-day-conceal-your-smartphone-from

For those of you who have never had a smartphone stolen, the process of replacing your mobile can be time-consuming and costly. 

Even with insurance coverage, most smartphone users are asked to pay a minimum of $US100 (sometimes more) to replace their smartphone plus days to obtain a new phone that almost invariably needs to be reconfigured.

Tips on how to safeguard your hotel room, take the following precautions:

1. If your finances can accommodate the cost, stay in a four-or-five star hotel property, which invariably have enhanced security vigilance;

2. Avoid anything described as a "guest-house." Such facilities invariably are "shoestring" operations with security deficiencies abundantly absent;

3. Never use an "in-room" safe; there is always a "back-door" for staff;

4. Ensure that you use ALL locking devices that come with your guest-room;

5. Double-check before retiring that you have employed ALL security devices from entering your room without you're knowing about it;

6. Carry a door-stop made of rubber that you can cut to fit under your door to prevent staff from surprising you at an inopportune or embarrassing  moment; 

7. For added redundancy purchase an audible door alarm that you can hang onto your entry door from the inside to alert you to someone attempting to enter your room:

audible guest-room door alarms

8. If you use your smartphone as an alarm clock place it under the bed coverings so that you can easily hear it, but an intruder cannot.

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