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    Default Police Apathy: How does one get his stolen phone's IMEI Number Blocked in India ?

    I had my Samsung Galaxy Y stolen on 20th December 2011. Since then I've been trying to find a way of having it tracked via IMEI number. Police has refused to lodge an FIR report to track my phone (as expected from a country like India).

    I gave up looking for a solution but now I feel since its been around 3 months since I lost it, the thief would find it safe to flash the phone with new firmware and use it as so far no tracking attempt has been made.

    Now, I want to know what other options I have to get it tracked/blocked. Legally speaking, since I own the phone and have proof of purchase, I have the right to have my phone tracked or blocked on misuse by the thief.

    But how do I proceed ?
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    Default Re: Police Apathy: How does one get his stolen phone's IMEI Number Blocked in India ?

    Unless the police intervene there's nothing much you can do by yourself.

    The carriers cannot disclose or track people at their whim. So you need a formal complaint = FIR and then have pursue them to find it.

    AFAIK and have seen none of the cases are really looked into.

    The Police are not interested in it so the thieves get away with it easily. Also the fact that tracking the phone is quite difficult based on cell location and also most of them are sold off, so the current user might be completely unaware that it's stolen.
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    Default Re: Police Apathy: How does one get his stolen phone's IMEI Number Blocked in India ?

    i don't see what other option you have other than going through the police...unless u had software of some kind on your phone to track...had the same problem with a friends phone which was stolen from him in the train...he tried tracking it through imei numerous time but police were least bothered....
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    Default Re: Police Apathy: How does one get his stolen phone's IMEI Number Blocked in India ?

    Doesn't any phone company let people submit proof of ownership of phone and request IMEI tracking ?
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    Default Re: Police Apathy: How does one get his stolen phone's IMEI Number Blocked in India ?

    Quote Originally Posted by MetalheadGautham View Post
    Doesn't any phone company let people submit proof of ownership of phone and request IMEI tracking ?
    erm no...they do not let any person to track a phone irrespective if it is your own phone which you are trying to track...by phone company if u mean service providers like vodafone etc...no they don't....but i heard companies like nokia have done it before but only after a police complaint or so...they disable that particular imei,not recover it...but don't think any company does that now...
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    Default Re: Police Apathy: How does one get his stolen phone's IMEI Number Blocked in India ?

    The Thieves must have sold it to some another user who is using it now...

    only telecom operators can help...
    if any of your frnd work in one of these service providers (Airtel,BSNL..etc) then there is a chance....
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    Default Re: Police Apathy: How does one get his stolen phone's IMEI Number Blocked in India ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zangetsu View Post
    The Thieves must have sold it to some another user who is using it now...

    only telecom operators can help...
    if any of your frnd work in one of these service providers (Airtel,BSNL..etc) then there is a chance....
    really? how its possible by service providers??

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    Default Re: Police Apathy: How does one get his stolen phone's IMEI Number Blocked in India ?

    MHG sire, some words from a person who has seen a phone successfully tracked.

    Firstly, why don't police do it? There are several reasons. Primarily their work culture has turned into bribe house. They won't work without getting money. They have been accustomed to it. Secondarily, due to huge pile of cases pending in our country, mobile tracking is actually a very minor case to be taken. Police thinks "kaun jhanjhat lega itna chhota sa kaam karne ke liye"

    So what you should do-

    1) Try some powerful people or similar contacts who can pressurise police to get their as$es working.

    2) Get hold of private trackers. They are basically freelancers with contacts in required dept (police & telecom) to get your work done. They just charge you some amount, proportional to your mobile cost, and return the phone after finding it. Also, they take money only if they find it. (At least in my friend's case).

    In my friend's case, his N70 was stolen back in 2006. He somehow got in contact with a private tracker and did the deal. He was charged 3k for it. N70 used to cost some 14k or so that time, so it was reasonable deal. He got his phone back after 3 months.

    I have also heard that you can get your phone blocked if not traced. But even for that, you will have to produce a FIR.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zangetsu View Post
    only telecom operators can help...
    if any of your frnd work in one of these service providers (Airtel,BSNL..etc) then there is a chance....
    For that you need to have contacts in every damn operator which is nearly impossible.
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    Default Re: Police Apathy: How does one get his stolen phone's IMEI Number Blocked in India ?

    You need IMSI number to trace him

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    Default Re: Police Apathy: How does one get his stolen phone's IMEI Number Blocked in India ?

    What Sujay said about trackers, if true, is the only way a common man like you and I has to find a lost phone.

    Police wont waste their time on a matter as trivial as a phone.
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