22,943 missing mobile phone cases lodged in 2020: Pune police

Published on Feb 12, 2021 08:35 PM IST

Pune: Forgetting mobile phones in cafe, slipping from pocket while catching a bus or jogging are some of the common reasons given by the 22,943 Puneites who lost their handsets in 2020

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ByJigar Hindocha

Pune: Forgetting mobile phones in cafe, slipping from pocket while catching a bus or jogging are some of the common reasons given by the 22,943 Puneites who lost their handsets in 2020.

Even as a major part of 2020 confined residents indoor, the Pune police “lost and found” online portal registered many cases related to missing mobile phones. The portal was started by the Pune police in 2017.

“As most of the crime units are busy tracking other cases, we utilised technology to trace missing mobiles. We have a technical analysis cell, launched as a pilot project, where mobile experts track missing mobiles,” said Bachchan Singh, deputy commissioner of police, crime branch, Pune. The cell has managed to find 910 mobiles which were reactivated by using new SIM cards. Of these, 55 are found within Pune jurisdiction.

“Of the 55 retrieved mobiles, we have identified and returned 35 to its owners,” he said. The probe revealed that some missing mobiles are active in states like Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka.

In January 2021, the lost and found portal of Pune police received 3,282 complaints of missing mobiles.

“I lost my mobile on Fergusson College road in November 2020, the Pune police managed to track it by December 27,” said Amol Shinde.

Lost and some found

The missing mobile phone cases registered at Pune police portal in 2020

January 3,282

February 2,914

March 2,206

April 620

May 1,079

June 1,136

July 1,417

August 1,895

September 1,757

October 2,319

November 2,269

December 2,049

Source: Crime Branch Pune Police

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