Police National Computer to be linked to mobile register

The Police National Computer will be linked to the National Mobile Phone Register to help officers find out whether phones have been stolen.

The Police National Computer will be linked to the National Mobile Phone Register to help officers find out whether phones have been stolen.

The data sharing move is part of a package of measures the Home Office is working on to prevent mobile phone crime.

At the moment only a quarter of police searches return helpful information on stolen phones, and ministers are hoping the data sharing move will improve that.

Home Office Minister, Alan Campbell said, "The rapidly developing nature of mobile technology means we must continue to work together to eliminate any future opportunities for criminals to profit from mobile theft. As new technologies develop those safeguards must be incorporated at the drawing board stage."

The Home Office has also been working on building safeguards into new developments in M-commerce, which will see mobile phones being used like debit cards. The department says it is "developing a charter" to ensure the roll-out of M-Commerce takes crime prevention into consideration.

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