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NCJ Number: 221252 Find in a Library
Title: IN SAFE HANDS: A Review of Mobile Phone Anti-Theft Designs
Journal: European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research  Volume:14  Issue:1  Dated:March 2008  Pages:39-60
Author(s): Shaun Whitehead; Jen Mailley; Ian Storer; John McCardle; George Torrens; Graham Farrell
Date Published: March 2008
Page Count: 22
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper reviews anti-theft designs relating to mobile phones.
Abstract: Since mobile phone theft has played an increasingly prominent role in United Kingdom crime over the last decade, there is a demand for effective and cost efficient anti-theft designs. Recent efforts relating to the car industry have shown that major inroads into crime can be made through design improvements. The physical and electronic design of handsets includes visual deterrents, owner-identification, and handset tracking options. The systems design of phone networks includes the blacklisting of stolen phones. Other measures include biometric-locking of handsets, and designs that encourage ‘safe’ phone use and transportation. Characteristics that promote anti-theft designs are proposed and form the acronym ‘IN SAFE HANDS’: identifiable, neutral, seen, attached, findable, executable, hidden, automatic, necessary, detectable, and secure. The set of characteristics is presented as a heuristic device to aid designing-out crime from frequently stolen electronic goods. Mobile phone manufacturers and network operators are arguably the agents best placed to further many aspects of anti-theft design. Tables, figures, and references
Main Term(s): Crime prevention measures; Telecommunications equipment; Telephone communications; United Kingdom (UK)
Index Term(s): Deterrence; Digital communications; Larceny/Theft; Property crimes; Property identification; Theft offenses
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