Friday, April 13, 2012
The end to cell phone theft?
From the Daily News:
Prodded by Sen. Charles Schumer and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, the feds and phone carriers are cracking down on cell phone theft, the fastest-growing crime in New York City.
Schumer and Kelly joined other officials Tuesday to announce the creation of a landmark industry database of every cell phone’s unique ID number — making it easy to deactivate and render useless any purloined phone.
Schumer will also introduce legislation making it a federal crime to tamper with or alter a cell phone’s International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number in order to activate a stolen phone.
The new procedures, agreed to by the FCC and the industry, will make it virtually impossible for stolen phones to be resold on the black market, a huge criminal industry in urban areas.