Forces Join to Combat Cell Phone Thefts - NBC4 Washington

Forces Join to Combat Cell Phone Thefts

Police announce new plan to prevent thieves from stealing your smartphone



    News4's Tracee Wilkins reports. (Published Tuesday, April 10, 2012)

    Law enforcement from major U-S cities joined D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier and other District leaders to announce a new plan to curb cell phone thefts.

    Now, devices will be disabled when stolen which makes it inoperable and worthless to resale on a black market. Police also plan to use cell phone ID numbers to track stolen devices.

    Senator Charles Schumer (D- New York) says he plans to introduce legislation on Capitol Hill today to prosecute people who try to scratch off cell phone ID numbers.

    Chief Lanier has been urging cell phone carriers to disable cell phones for some time, saying it will dramatically reduce cell phone crime.