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Cellphone Thefts Grow, but the Industry Looks the Other Way

Date: May 1, 2013
Authors: Brian X. Chen and Malia Wollan
QUOTE: new nationwide database for stolen cellphones, which tracks a phone’s unique identifying number to prevent it from being activated, theoretically discouraging thefts. But police officials say the database has not helped....Some law enforcement authorities, though, say there is a bigger issue — that carriers and handset makers have little incentive to fix the problem.

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