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
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