I love watching those cop shows on TV where they show you how they bust bad guys using helicopters, tracking devices or a really big pair of binoculars. I wish I'd had that sort of technology available all the times my phone's been stolen. Actually, now I do because I've just installed StarEnForcer.
This neat app is designed to help you catch phone thieves red-handed, increasing the chances of getting your phone back if it gets stolen or if you lose it and someone finds it and starts using it. It does this by monitoring the status of the SIM card that's installed on your handset.
Rather sneakily, if the software detects that the card has been replaced, Star EnForcer sends an SMS message to a pre-configured telephone to report the SIM IMSI number of those who have it and their approximate position.
These messages are sent every 30 minutes after detecting the change in card, without the illicit user even knowing of it. It's actually a little more complex than it sounds, and if your burglar is using a prepaid top-up account you'll need to do a bit of digging around yourself in order to track them.
Nevertheless, StarEnforcer is a great idea for a security app, and if used correctly could save your phone in the event of a theft.