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UK, 98% of stolen cells blocked



UK, 98% of stolen cells blocked


London – Life is hard for those who steal a mobile phone in the United Kingdom: according to what revealed by the report published by the MICAF (Mobile Industry Crime Action Forum) on the whole national market, and regardless of the operators, 98% of stolen mobile phones are blocked in the first 48 hours since theft.

Last year, 800,000 mobile phones were stolen in the UK. Wired talks about it by highlighting that the habit of noting the IMEI of one’s mobile phone for preventive purposes, combined with the legislation that is based on the use of this code to inhibit the use of the device, is giving concrete results: if the owner of mobile phone integrates the report of theft with the indication of the code, the only possibility for a thief is to get rid of the mobile phone by selling it immediately after having stolen it, or to get it out of national borders.

Last April, the sale or purchase of an illegally reprogrammed mobile phone became a “crime”. Once upon a time, the police would have had to catch someone who tampered with a device in the act before arresting it.