June 24, 2005

Thieves Would Kill for a New Cell Phone

Multiple homicide and arson may sound like extreme measures to obtain a new cell phone, but police and politicians say rising demand for mobile communications has prompted a jump in cell phone-related crimes, including murder, reports The Moscow Times.

"In May, the city's deputy police chief, Vladimir Popov, said that a total of 23,584 cell phone-related crimes were committed in 2004, compared with 16,437 such crimes the previous year".

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-- Philippino Metro cops form special teams to fight cell phone thieves

-- UK. Phone theft law to be tightened

-- UK Police crack down on 'phoney' mobile phone thefts

-- Mobile phone crime blitz launched (UK)

-- More than half of the thefts in South Africa are for cellphones

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