Cell phone theft around the world continues to be a major problem. Just as smart phones have become more sought after and expensive, the urge for people to steal a product from someone to use or resell has increased. While having a phone stolen might make a person upset about losing out monetarily, their is also the risk of all personal information stored on the phone to be used.

Recently, many officials in the United States are promoting the act of remotely bricking a phone once it is stolen. There officials have even gone as far as informing people how to do this through websites and even individual cell phone service providers.

Bricking a phone essentially makes the phone useless (like a brick). When a phone is bricked, it becomes useless, and all information that was once on the phone now can’t be accessed.

While the thought of bricking your already stolen phone might not help you get it back, what officials are hoping it does do is help eliminate the secondary market on stolen devices. If the majority of people know exactly what to do when a phone is stolen, it might discourage thefts when it comes to smart phones.

A variety of resources, mostly online, can be found and used immediately once a person has had their cell phone stolen. Officials do recommend that people who may have misplaced their phone instead of having it stolen need to understand that bricking a phone can’t be reversed. Studies have showed though that cell phone thefts in general are declining around the United States, and many point to consumers being smarter about protecting their property and stored information as a main reason why.

Website http://brickit.dc.gov/ has been on the cutting edge of helping people properly brick a cell phone to prevent further use by the thief. As previously mentioned, many of the major carriers in the United States also can help with the bricking process if contacted directly. The money being pent on these personal devices each year is too much for many people to just lose, so the efforts continue to protect consumers if they get their Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Blackberry or other popular device stolen.