Cellular Industry Takes a Stab at Smartphone Theft

Cellphone thefts are higher than ever and it’s time for action! A new nationwide database aimed at preventing the use of stolen smartphones will be announced today by the cellular industry. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. will strengthen the action with a bill making it illegal for stolen cellphones to be reactivated on other networks in the U.S. or globally, according to an article from USA TODAY. In 2011 alone, smartphocellphone32 150x150 Cellular Industry Takes a Stab at Smartphone Theftne and cellphone thefts made up 30% to 40% of all robberies in major U.S. cities.

Victims of smartphone and cellphone theft can lose vital personal data that can cause a lifetime of identity theft damage. The goal is to disable stolen smartphones and make them as worthless as an empty wallet.

To read the full article, visit www.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2012-04-09/smartphone-theft/54137596/1.

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About Kelsey Owen

Kelsey Owen is the Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the Better Business Bureau serving Metro Washington DC and Eastern PA (@BBB_DCPA). Prior to December 2014, Kelsey was the Communications and Marketing Coordinator for the Council of Better Business Bureaus based out of Arlington, VA. Kelsey graduated from Denison University with a degree in economics and communication and holds a master's degree in media entrepreneurship from American University.