Mobile News: Remote Shutdown for Robbery Prevention

Mobile news presents… D.C Chief Police Cathy L. Lanier proposed a remote shutdown whenever a smartphone is stolen on Friday. Lanier who stayed on a lobby in Federal Communications Commission, with other police chiefs argues to eliminate the secondary market for stolen smartphones as a solution.

“I hear 15 stories or so every morning in my crime briefings,” Lanier said. “We are being clobbered with these robberies and they’re looking for the same thing. They say, ‘Give me your purse. Now where is your phone?’” Lanier said.

This 2012, over 400 robberies were reported and majority of them were involved in smartphone stealing according to Lanier.

Lanier supported D.C. Police on their movements together with Major City Chief to submit a motion concerning smartphone robberies to the FCC.

According to Lanier that Houston officials claimed to witness the prompt increase of stolen smartphones done by robberies recently. New York Police Department also announced that half of the 16, 000 robberies steal smartphones within the first 10 months of 2011 according to US senator Charles Schumer report.

“This is a national issue, we have done all we can at the local level.” said Lanier.

The motion that was supported by Lanier and other chiefs may involve iMEi number usage that gives a unique registration that similar to a fingerprint and shuts down a stolen smartphone within days.

Police favour the use of iMEi card method than to track a stolen smartphone using their sim cards. With the iMEi method, complainant is required to contact the manufacturer for remote shut down when the phone is stolen. When the phone is shut down, it is no longer usable and cannot be bought by buyers.

“What’s going to stop this is stopping the profit,” Lanier said last Friday.

On a recent interview Chief Cathy L. Lanier says, “Ultimately, the industry can put simple technology in place, that already exists, that protects the customer and their property,”

On a recent report, almost 70 percent of the previous year where involved in samrtphone stealing within the first 3 weeks of 2012. A statistic shows that robberies have grown faster and armed robberies were said to be double.

Lanier had already attended numerous meeting with neighbour groups including the meeting with the residents of Shepherd Park last January. At Another Appearance announced that police arrested more over 100 suspects for robbery within the first 3 weeks of this year.

Gray and Lanier persuade residents to participate in giving information to assist local authorities in chasing robberies according to authorities.

Chief Cathy Lanier also announced the $10, 000 reward for resident who will give information to prompt the investigation against robberies.

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