The GRP made Independence Day sweeter for 59 Mumbaikars by returning their cellphones which were either left behind or stolen on the railways. “The value of the 59 handsets we recovered is Rs 7.5 lakh. Many of them are high-end phones,” said senior inspector R V Trivedi
Usually, the police focus on tracing handsets which have been stolen and not much importance is given to lost cellphones. “We decided to focus on lost handsets too. Our teams contacted mobile service providers across the country. After tracing the user, he was informed that the phone belonged to a Mumbai resident,” said an official.
Independence Day security also helped the GRP nab a four-member gang within two hours of their having stolen a smartphone on Wednesday.
HELP AT HAND GRP helpline number: 9833331111
WHERE TO REPORT THEFTS ON RAILWAYS For local trains and station areas: Nearest GRP outpost
For long-distance trains: RPF men escorting the train carry blank FIR forms. The complaint is later transferred to the GRP, when the train terminates IMEI NUMBER IS KEY | This 15-digit number is unique to a cellphone; carriers and police can use it to track stolen handsets. Each time a SIM card registers on the mobile network, the IMEI number is requested from the cellphone. If the IMEI no is blacklisted, the handset will be blocked or tracked How to locate IMEI no: Type *#06#, and then write it down.