Government calls on mobile industry to up theft protection

Government calls on mobile industry to up theft protection

The mobile industry has been called upon by the Government to up protection against handset theft.

Mobile companies have ‘a social and corporate responsibility to tackle crime’, said Minister for Crime Prevention Alan Campbell.

Around 2% of British mobile users reported they have suffered a theft in the last year, with the figure for teenagers being three times higher. Figures suggest that 228 handsets are reported stolen in the UK every hour.

Campbell said there was also an opportunity for innovation. The Government's calls come as the Home Office unveiled the winning designs in a crime prevention contest, aimed at making handsets less attractive to thieves.

The winning designs will be revealed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from the 15 - 18 February.

Meanwhile, GSMA chief Michael O'Hara said the mobile industry supported and welcomed innovations that would help to safeguard against mobile phone crime.

The GSMA leads a number of initiatives aimed at tackling mobile crime, including a database of handset serial numbers that allow a phone to be blocked when they are reported as lost or stolen.


Written by Mobile Today
Mobile Today


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