New app to combat cell phone theft

CCPO says this software will reduce mobile stealing by 60 to 70%


Our Correspondent March 14, 2019
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LAHORE: Capital City Police Lahore has developed a supporting application to prevent the theft and enable the recovery of stolen mobile phones.

The E-Gadget Monitoring System has been developed in collaboration with the Punjab Information Technology Board and can be downloaded from the Android Playstore and iOS App Store.

The inaugural ceremony for the pilot app was held was held at the office of DIG Investigations Lahore. Capital City Police Chief BA Nasir was the chief guest at the ceremony. On the occasion, DIG Investigation Dr Inaam Wahid, DIG Operations Waqas Nazeer, SSP Admin Mutazir Mehdi, SSP Investigations Zeeshan Asghar, SSP (CRO) Ahsan Saifullah, senior police officers, trade leaders and media representatives were also present.

Through the E-Gadget app, people associated with the mobile phone business will be able to register themselves easily. Shopkeepers will save IMEI numbers of each mobile phone in the application so that the database of stolen devices can be made available to the police.

Declaring this app a revolution, CCPO Lahore BA Nasir said its efficient use will reduce mobile theft by up to 60 or 70%. He assured traders that this app will help protect their business. The FIR of mobile phone theft will automatically be updated on the mobile app and police will be alerted immediately.

The CCPO said the data of mobile phones stolen previously was not available online and this allowed the easy sale of such devices. “The scope of this app can be expanded [to other areas] if it gains success in Lahore.”

DIG Dr Inaam Wahid said the mobile sale, repair and software installation businesses will save the IMEI number of each phone of the people who come to them on this application. As a result, the database of stolen mobiles will be available to the police and the IMEI number of stolen mobiles cannot be changed at any cost. Therefore, the thieves will not be able to sell the mobile anywhere.

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