Toronto Police Want Carriers to Create Registry to Disable Stolen Phones


The Toronto police have noticed cellphone robberies have risen over the the past three years and want the cellphone industry to do more to protect their customers, such as creating a database that can disable stolen cellphones, says Supt. Ron Taverner:

“Our goal is to get the carriers, the providers, the cellphone companies to come on board with us, to be able to disable stolen phones in the future,”

It was just a week ago all major U.S. carriers banded together with the U.S. government to create a central database of stolen cellphones, something the Toronto police would like to see happen here.

Instead of waiting for a database the department has created their own pilot project to get people to register their phones with them, and are asking the public to do so voluntarily. They will take information from your phone and then a sticker goes onto your device, along with invisible markings. I would not be keen on having a sticker on my iPhone.

We’ve read stories about Apple’s Find my iPhone feature helping people locate their stolen iPhones, but it’s not the best line of defense. Is a central database of stolen IMEI numbers what we need?

[via CBC]


  • thewinnipegger

    Carriers in Canada already have a system set up, Its a private system and its just phones that are stolen from individual stores. If they wanna save time they should open up that system and make it public for all canadians and police officials.

  • Jamesinhamilton

    Finally someone with prominance comes to the consumers rescue. The only reason companies aren’t doing this is because it allows them to make more money in selling plans to these stolen phones.

    I guess this is what happens when corporations run things, profit rules every time.

  • DaMan05

    Completely true. The carriers know exactly which IMEIs are connecting to their network.

    If you report your phone stolen, they know if its still connecting to their network and they do nothing about it. They can easily block it. But nope, they would make them less money 😉