According to recent news the Pakistan government has decided to setup a system to curb mobile phone snatching. Perhaps too many VIPs lost their phones! Anyway this is certainly a good initiative. It has been modelled after similar systems in other countries such as UK.

The idea is to use the unique identifier for every phone — International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) — and setup a database of stolen phones so that these phones can be locked. This is not going to stop the determined criminals but should act as a deterant, at least. The success of this will depend on the implementation and the awareness and education of the users.

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