The cell phone theft is one of the most common crimes in Peru. Thieves are constantly on the lookout to steal our must-have tech gear and then sell it to other people illegally. Fortunately, there are measures that we can use to block the path of these criminals and, although recovering our mobiles is not feasible in most cases, we can block them or register them as stolen with our operators why obstruct the activities of these malefactors.
March 2022, the Supervisory Body for Private Investment in Telecommunications (OSIPTEL) He pointed out that in our country there is a daily average of 4,529 reports of theft of mobile devices. Using the databases of the teleoperating companies of Peru it was determined that 189 computers are stolen per hour and that every 20 seconds a cell phone is stolen from its owner.
If our cell phone was stolen or if we lose it, we must immediately notify our operating company to report the fact and to block the mobile and our line so that they cannot be used by other people. Also, OSIPTEL provides a useful tool for users to confirm that their computers have indeed been blocked by the relevant company. All this is possible thanks to the code IMEI.
What is an IMEI code and how does it work?
In essence, a IMEI it is a unique fifteen-digit code that is prerecorded in the cell phone’s operating system since its manufacture. Thanks to this sequence of numbers, a mobile device can be identified throughout the world and thus differentiates itself from other equipment. There are two types of this code -physical and logical- so both must match for the operation of the mobile to be considered legitimate.
The IMEI Logically, as we explained before, it is pre-recorded on the device by the manufacturer and is housed in its operating system. To consult it, the user must mark *#06# in your calling app or go to device settings.
On the other hand, the Physical IMEI it is inscribed in some visible part of the cell phone such as the tray where the SIM is placed, on the back and others. In addition, it is also found in the packaging or box of the mobile or in the documents that are provided when it is purchased.
How do I check if a cell phone was reported stolen or lost?
OSIPTEL provides us with a useful tool called “Query IMEI” on its official website. To use it, we only have to enter the following link to consult stolen, lost or recovered mobile devices.
Once we are in there, we just have to write the IMEI of the device on which we want to consult and click on “accept”. The system will search your registry for that code to provide you with a result.
This is something extremely important since buying stolen cell phones is a crime known as receiving which has penalties ranging from two to four years in prison, as indicated by the Emergency Division (Diveme) of the National Police of Peru.
Also, remember that after a stolen cell phone, is a criminal who harmed and may even have seriously injured or killed its rightful owner. If people didn’t buy these stolen devices, the wave of violent thefts that plagues our country every day would be less.