Creating a Stolen Phone Database Would Decrease Theft{2}


by Hoyoung C
According to Jared Newman, the wireless carriers are trying to make the stolen cell phones useless. They are planning to create a database that contains all the records of phones that were reported to be stolen. If a phone gets stolen, it can be reused by another person by reactivating it with a different service plan. What the wireless carriers are planning to do is store information such as the unique device identifiers so that the phone doesn’t work even if people try to reactivate it with a different plan. The only problem with this plan is that if the phones get shipped overseas, it would still be usable since other countries would not have the same database.

 

Response:
I think that this is a good way to reduce the theft of smart phones. Since the database would keep track of all the records of stolen phones, thieves would lose their purpose to steal phones. Even if they have stolen the phone, they would not be able to do anything with it since it is recorded in the database. I think this would also reduce the number of false reports, such as people claiming that they have lost their phones and being given another phone from insurance when they actually sold their phones. I think that this would overall decrease the number of crimes being committed that has to do with cell phones.

Newman, Jared. “FCC Plans Stolen Phone Database to Discourage Theft
.” PCWorld. Web. 12 Apr. 2012. <http://www.pcworld.com/article/253509/fcc_plans_stolen_phone_database_to_discourage_theft.html>.