UK Government Pressures Phone Industry to Reduce Thefts
UK based representatives of the mobile phone manufacturers have held a meeting with a government minister to discuss ways of reducing phone theft.
A new online advice service is among options being considered by the Home Office, working with the industry, in a bid to tackle mobile phone theft.
The move comes after the Crime Prevention Minister, Norman Baker met industry
leaders including Samsung, Google, Apple, Nokia and BlackBerry to consider new
action against the growing problem.
Mobile phone crime
The government agreed to look at ways to support industry efforts, including encouraging the public to make more use of their phone's security features -- this included looking into launching an online advice service which would give people ideas on how to better protect their phone.
At the meeting, manufacturers outlined a range of new security features they are adding to phones which will make it harder for criminals to use stolen handsets.
Mobile phone theft
Mobile phones are becoming an increasingly attractive target for thieves, with more than 800,000 stolen in the past year alone across England and Wales. Handsets can be sold for hundreds of pounds overseas, where the newest models are not yet available.
Crime Prevention Minister, Norman Baker, said: "Recorded crime is down by more than 10% under this government but we are seeing signs of an increase in theft from the person, mainly smartphones."
"Mobile phone technology is changing all the time and we need innovative solutions to ensure we get ahead of criminals. I want to make mobile phone theft as difficult as possible and this meeting with telecom leaders is an important step forward."