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Stolen Mobile Phone Database - Little Effect on Theft

By: Absolute Editorial Team | 5/3/2013

When the National Stolen Phone Database was introduced last fall it was hoped it would deter mobile phone theft in the US. So far, that has not been the result. As we discussed in an earlier post, although this blacklist is a good step in stemming crime, it will not stop it. Mobile devices will continue to be stolen, exported to other markets for resale, sold to electronic recyclers or simply used without cellular service.

This sentiment is also reflected in a recent post on Tech Investor News - 'New Stolen Phone Database Having Little Effect on Thefts'. The post states:

A new national stolen phone database is having little effect on smartphone thefts in the U.S., according to an article in The New York Times. The country's four major carriers all contribute to the database, which lists stolen phone ID numbers that should not be activated on domestic networks. For one, the database has no effect on phones taken overseas, where many stolen phones end up. Second, the unique identifiers can be changed by organized theft rings. As a result, some law enforcement authorities have begun pressing smartphone manufacturers to build a kill switch into phones.

From a corporate perspective, the database won’t help with security concerns. Data will still be at risk.

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