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In safe hands: A review of mobile phone anti-theft designs

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posted on 17.08.2017 by Shaun Whitehead, Jen Mailley, Ian Storer, John McCardle, George Torrens, Graham Farrell
Anti-theft designs relating to mobile phones are reviewed. The physical and electronic design of handsets includes visual deterrents, owner-identification, and handset tracking options. The systems design of phone networks includes the blacklisting of stolen phones. Other measures include biometric-locking of handsets, and designs that encourage ‘safe’ phone use and transportation. Characteristics that promote anti-theft designs are proposed and form the acronym ‘IN SAFE HANDS’: identifiable, neutral, seen, attached, findable, executable, hidden, automatic, necessary, detectable, and secure. The set of characteristics is presented as a heuristic device to aid designing-out crime from frequently stolen electronic goods.

Funding

Funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council under grant EP/C52036X/1 is gratefully acknowledged.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research

Citation

WHITEHEAD, S. ...et al., 2007. In safe hands: A review of mobile phone anti-theft designs. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 14(1), pp. 39–60.

Publisher

© Springer

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2007

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This paper is in closed access.

ISSN

1572-9869

Language

en

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