Preventing phone theft and robbery: the need for government action and international coordination

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Farrell, G (2015)
  • Publisher: Springer
  • Journal: Crime Science
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1186/s40163-014-0015-0
  • Subject:
    mesheuropmc: education | health care economics and organizations

The banning of stolen handsets from networks has been around for 20 years, but remains little used internationally. Where used, its effectiveness is hindered by implementation problems, reprogramming, easy fencing opportunities, and international trafficking. Kill-switches where the user remotely disables a handset and deletes data have potential but, if non-permanent, are likely to experience similar limitations. This study proposes a set of responses to be adopted by national governments with international coordination.
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