09 June, 2022
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India Leads The Charge in Reducing Smartphone Crime

09 June, 2022

Across India, the police force is cracking down on smartphone crime. Read on for information on reports from Ludhiana, Goa, and Mumbai.

Global smartphone crime is on the rise; there are over 70 million smartphones lost and stolen each year, with only 7% recovered. This is a daunting number of devices, but thankfully countries across the world are attempting to tackle the problem. Across cities in India, for instance, the local police have been tracking down smartphone criminal gangs and making arrests in efforts to curb wireless device-related crime.

India leading the charge and tackling smartphone crime

Smartphone crime is a big problem in India, and the local police of Ludhiana have been tackling this problem directly in their corner of India. In 2021, the rural police busted several smartphone crime gangs. The first of the year was a huge bust of 100 mobiles retrieved and more recently they successfully recovered more stolen devices on the 30th December 2021. The local police uncovered a mobile theft gang and recovered 26 mobile phones from them. Although, this bust seems small in comparison to the first bust every arrest is significant in reducing smartphone crime and this is only one of many success stories.

Operation ‘Happy New Year’ in Goa is a success 

In Goa, while most people were seeing the new year in, the Goa Police’s operation ‘Happy New Year’ saw incredible results of 22 criminals arrested and the recovery of 144 mobile phones and one laptop. Gangs of pickpockets and mobile phone thieves descend on Goa annually to specifically target merry tourists who arrive in the state to attend new year parties organized along the North Goa coastal belt.

Additionally, the Deputy Inspector General of Police Paramaditya has revealed that the arrested individuals are from various cities in India—including Karnataka, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Goa—highlighting the nationwide issue these crimes represent.

Mumbai’s Government railway police make way on the retrieval of stolen phones

Meanwhile, in Mumbai, Mumbai’s Government Railway Police (GRP) have stated that the retrieval of stolen mobile phones has greatly improved. In 2020, 845 phones out of 5,097 stolen phones were retrieved. Impressively, in 2021 1,263 stolen phones out of 4,068 were retrieved.

Following the success of retrieving these mobile devices, the commissioner of the GRP Qaiser Khalid released a statement commenting on the operation: “This is the result of teamwork. We defined responsibilities, chipped in wherever any resources were required, monitored the performance regularly, rewarded the performers, discussed with the teams lagging, and took corrective action. I think leading from the front and having a hands-on grip on the performance also helped,”

Furthermore, the detection rate of mobile phones stolen on the railway network has increased to 63%. In 2021 in Vashi within the GRP jurisdiction, a total of 90 cases of phone theft were registered and an impressive 58% of these cases were solved. 

A senior officer at GRP commented on the success they’ve recently experienced and shared this statement: “We are using new age media to track and trap offenders. Another reason for higher detections is improved skills in analyzing surveillance footage. Setting up a special fund for investigations has equipped GRP better to travel to the interiors of the country to recover stolen phones,”

How has India been so successful in catching these criminals?

It’s a combination of hardwork, allocated funding, and new technologies that are helping authorities crack down on smartphone crime. 

Since smartphone crime is a big problem in India, local authorities have been setting up special funds for investigations as well as using advanced technology to track criminals. The Punjab police have been using an app called ‘Punjab Artificial Intelligence System’ which enables them to use facial recognition which allows them to see any criminal history a person may have. The app is filled with data that has been collected from various state agencies to create a database. 

What’s more, a National Crime Records Bureau report showed that 70% of crimes are committed by repeat criminals, and the app enables local enforcement to see who they’re dealing with before making an arrest which helps them be more prepared. The facial recognition software works on low-resolution photos and videos and has 98% accuracy. Apps like this or similar are being adopted across various cities in India. 

LOX looks to drastically reduce smartphone crime across the globe

At LOX Network, we specialize in wireless device security and we’re proudly developing the world’s first fully decentralized security network. Using a decentralized blacklist, we’re enabling individuals to directly report phone thefts and put the responsibility for their devices and the data they contain back into their hands.

The LOX security app is launching soon and will ensure that IMEI data is available to everyone. 

Discover how we can better secure your wireless devices here

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