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Cell phone anti-theft proposal

Telecoms regulator EETT will propose to the government the adoption of a technique that blocks the use of stolen mobile phones as a means of discouraging theft, its vice president Nikos Koulouris told Kathimerini yesterday. «We will formally make the proposal within April to the Transport Ministry. I don’t think companies will have any serious objections as it will be in their favor to protect their clients,» said Koulouris, adding that the technology is already available. According to police, mobile phones are among the most commonly stolen items due to the ease with which they can be sold. «What is normally reported are robberies where phones have been stolen along with other items. There are incidents every day where cell phones alone are taken and never reported,» said a police source. The technique to be proposed by the National Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT) involves the owner notifying his mobile phone company, which in turn blocks the use of the phone via the battery.