You can protect yourself from being a victim of mobile phone theft.
Record your phone's IMEI number NOWThe IMEI number is unique to each phone and can be found by pressing * # 0 6 #.
You can record it in a number of ways - on good old fashioned pen and paper or on your home computer.
You can also register other electrical equipment like MP3 players, home computers, laptops and handheld games consoles.
If your phone is stolen, police can use the IMEI number to block it across all the networks making it useless to any thief. It can also help police prove your phone is stolen and, if we get it back, we can return it to you.
Other ways to keep your mobile safeGet your phone marked with an ultra-violet pen.
Try to keep your phone out of sight when you are out and about, such as when you are walking in the street.
Use any security features which are built into your phone, like additional security codes.
If your phone is lost or stolen report it immediately to your operator or call 08701 123 123 to get your phone blocked.
But put yourself behind the wheel of a car and it could have fatal consequences for you, your passengers and other drivers.
Dozens of people lose their lives on North East roads every year and the Road Respect campaign is trying to change the region’s driving culture by encouraging people to demand greater respect between road users.
If you still don't think that your actions in the driving seat can have such a life changing impact, then maybe you should look at the facts on the Road Respect website.
Prone to phone - for the sake of a phone call…
You are four times more likely to crash when using a phone and driving.
Using your phone and driving is as bad as drink driving. Would you drink and drive?
Stress, frustration and even failure to see road signs can be cause when using your phone and driving.
Using your phone and driving carries three penalty points and a £60 fine - you can even be disqualified.
For more information visit the Road Respect website.