Hot Spots for Stolen Cell Phones Revealed

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CLEVELAND-- Ever have your smartphone stolen? You’re not alone. According to a recent Mashable US & World study, Cleveland ranks 7th in the nation when it comes to lost or stolen cell phones.

The top five most likely places where this happens: the office, coffee shop, grocery store, drug store and fast food restaurant.

There are ways you can fight back. First: call your cell phone provider and have them shut down your phone. Experts at Phone Ambulance, in Mayfield Heights say back up your phone with GPS tracking apps and always take advantage of online storage, like iCloud.

“All you have to do when your cell phone gets stolen is activate your account.  The GPS will track it down and you can even make your phone scream,” says employee, Charlie Harb.  “You can wipe your phone remotely and then restore your information from the cloud."

Harb adds Dropbox is a great application that works for your iPhone or Android-based device.  “You can turn on automatic camera uploads. Whenever you take a picture, it automatically uploads to your account.”

There are numerous apps out there for tracking.  One that seems to be getting a lot of attention is the “I got ya” app.  When someone tries to access your phone by using the wrong security code, the phone takes their picture and sends you their GPS coordinates.

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