Tags: Stolen Phones

Schumer: Deactivating Cellphones Can Deter Theft

Sunday, 21 Aug 2011 08:58 AM

 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Sen. Charles Schumer says cellphone carriers can effectively put an end to a spike in phone thefts by deactivating the phones themselves instead of their data storage or SIM cards.

Schumer says cellphones have unique identity numbers assigned, and that the technology is already effectively used in Europe to deter stealing.

He notes that 41 percent of all property crimes in New York City in the first half of this year were related to cellphones, with devices like the iPhone and Android phones easily resold on the black market.

In letters, he is asking AT&T, T-Mobile and Nextel to follow Verizon's approach in the U.S. and turn off stolen phones.

© Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

'Ebola Czar' Ron Klain Will Leave Job Feb. 15

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 22:32 PM

The Obama administration's "Ebola czar" will leave his post on Feb. 15, although he said there is still work to do at er . . .

Texas Executes Killer Who Claimed Mental Impairment

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 21:41 PM

The state of Texas on Thursday executed a convicted rapist-killer whose lawyers argued was severely mentally impaired, h . . .

Trump, O'Reilly Make Up After Digs at Each Other

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 21:29 PM

Business mogul Donald Trump and Fox News host Bill O'Reilly were pals again after Trump appeared on Fox News Channel's " . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved