According to a survey conducted by wireless solutions firm CMG, one in four adults are deterred from using a mobile phone in public places due to fear of theft. The company conducted a poll among UK consumers, and also found that a third of adults would be willing to pay more money for their mobile handsets if that cut theft rates.
Most UK mobile phone users said they would be happy to fork out a one off payment of around GBP20 for an anti-theft device that would make phones useless to thieves. A small percentage said that they would even consider paying up to GBP100 if it meant that mobile phone theft would be reduced.
Interestingly though, CMG reported that many were not using the security systems already in place on mobile devices such as pin codes on SIM cards – less that 50% said they had activated this security feature on their devices.
Even worse, only 34% had registered their IMEI serial number with operators. If more people did this it would greatly help to make mobile phone theft redundant, as operators can block the use of the device using the IMEI number if it has been logged as stolen.