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Bad news for mobile thieves in Bangladesh

Posted on: November 11, 2008

The country’s telecom regulatory body has expedited its move to introduce the international mobile equipment identification (IMEI) system in the country from the beginning of next year to stem the rising trend of stealing and snatching of mobile phone handsets.

According to sources with the Bangladesh Telecommu-nications Regulatory Commission (BTRC), introduction of the IMEI system, under which a phone set possesses a 15-digit number, is also aimed at ensuring safety of the country’s 45.09 million mobile phone users.

“We are working to introduce the system from the beginning of next year,” a senior BTRC official said, requesting not to be named.

Earlier, BTRC Chairman Manzurul Alam said many European countries including the UK have been benefited introducing the system that has helped curb the number of thefts relating to mobile phone sets.

“We are working to introduce the IMEI system – very effective in different European countries- with the aim of preventing the trend of stealing or hijacking of mobile phone sets,” he added.

The IMEI system works in any set, be it Global System for Mobile (GSM), Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS), iDEN or satellite phone. It is usually found printed on the phone underneath the battery.

The IMEI number is used by the GSM network to identify valid devices and therefore can be used to stop a stolen phone from accessing the network.

For example, if a mobile phone handset is stolen, the owner can call his or her network provider and instruct them to block the phone’s access to any network using its IMEI number. This renders the phone useless, regardless of the SIM it uses.

Telecom industry analysts have expressed the hope if the system comes into effect, thieves and snatchers will not be able to use any stolen or snatched sets.

As more and more people use cellular phones, the inability of the police to check the incidents of theft and the absence of an effective policy to regulate sale of used mobile phones point to the necessity of such a system, they added.

According to unofficial figures gathered from police sources, around 200 first information reports (FIR) relating to mobile phone snatching are lodged with 35 police stations in Dhaka everyday. Most of such cases are not investigated, they said.

Dacoits, mostly young motorcyclists, can waylay anyone at any place at their will. Pedestrians as well as motorists returning home late are the worst sufferers. Moreover, college girls, women and elderly people also fall victim to such incidents.

There are many markets in the city for sale and purchase of stolen mobiles as well as in other divisional cities of the country.

In Dhaka, the stolen cellular phones are sold usually in a number of markets, including one in Gulistan area. Shopkeepers buy these snatched mobile phone sets at low prices.

The second-hand mobile phone traders do not give or receive any receipt, which aids easy disposal of snatched cellular phones.

Source: Financial Express


1 Response to "Bad news for mobile thieves in Bangladesh"

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