Police Chief Lanier Takes Wireless Companies to Task for Policies

by Borderstan.com March 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm 2,200 1 Comment

From Alden Leonard. Contact him at alden[AT]borderstan.com and follow him @aldenleonard on Twitter.

The Washington Business Journal reports that D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is putting wireless companies to shame for a greedy practice impacting the safety of DC citizens. (See Lanier Joins Effort to Stem Smartphone Thefts; Tech Component Vital from February 16.)


Smartphones and portable electronic devices are targeted by robbers in street crimes. (Luis Gomez Photos)

By refusing to use technology that permanently deactivates a stolen smartphone, the industry puts profit over safety, Lanier said. The Police Chief explained how this practice, a source of revenue for wireless carriers, gives thieves continued incentive to steal smartphones.

Lanier’s comments, given Tuesday on NBC’s Today Show, come amidst a spike in smartphone robberies in the District and a Police initiative to combat the trend.

According to Dcist, “Last week, D.C. police announced the arrest of 16 people associated with 13 businesses that were peddling the stolen phones.”

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