Call for action on phone theft

Mobile phone theft is the latest crime to be targeted by the Design Against Crime Research Centre at Central St Martins College of Art and Design.

Mobile phone theft is the latest crime to be targeted by the Design Against Crime Research Centre at Central St Martins College of Art and Design.

Speaking this morning on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Design Against Crime director Lorraine Gamman called on phone manufacturers to start using anti-theft technologies in their designs.

‘Phone companies have great engineers and technicians on board, and are ideally placed to start applying existing technology to handsets to help cut theft,’ says Gamman. ‘But we have to convince manufacturers that there is a market for such products.’

There is growing industry concern that manufacturers will not adopt available technology to prevent crime, without being incentivised.

Technologies suggested by the centre include text ‘bombing’ – sending a destructive virus to a stolen phone via text. Alternatively, touchscreen phones could incorporate a fingerprint recognition system.

Design Against Crime senior designer Adam Thorpe says, ‘We want to convince the industry to embrace anti-theft technology, not with the stick of being outed as corporately irresponsible, but with the carrot of providing great customer care. In a saturated market, this is a great opportunity to provide product differentiation.’

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  • Michelle November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    I strongly agree.
    Having been robbed of my phone the other day I would welcome this technology with open arms and would choose a particular handset with this technology over any other feature.
    If this technology was avaliable I believe it would be a huge success. Maybe start targeting women and teens who are the most vulnerable to this kind of theft.

  • Ken Westin November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    There is software that exists that will send you information back regarding who stole your phone, it is from GadgetTrak:

    http://www.gadgettrak.com/products/phonebak/

    It will send you informaiton regarding who stole your phone, where they are and even any numbers assigned to the phone.

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