Government wants tougher action on mobile phone crime
Like the headline says, the government wants action against mobile phone crime. So what are they doing about it? Making a special team of mobile phone super heroes to save our sorry arses from being robbed?
No. They're asking the mobile phone industry to do more to protect handset owners.
So does this mean we'll see super heroes sponsored by phone firms? Phones4Uman coming to save us after flying through air shouting his gob off about which tariff would be best suited for you?
Alan Campbell, Minister for Crime Prevention, said firms "have a social and a corporate responsibility to tackle crime".
"First this is a great opportunity - this is new technology which can be promoted around the world," said Mr Campbell. "But also mobile phone companies have a responsibility which goes beyond the profits they can make from phones; they have a social and a corporate responsibility to tackle crime."
HOW? Are we getting super heroes or what?! Surely it has to be something as interesting as that because... well... surely expecting a mobile phone firm to help stop phones from being yoinked from our hands is a bit of a piss take? It's like asking the wallet makers of the world to get their acts together and come up with new ways of killing thugs or something... right?
Well, Campbell has likened the problem to car theft for some reason, saying that following pressure from governments, innovations in the car industry helped to reduce theft by 60% in 10 years.
Surely everyone realises that there's a world of difference between something you sit inside and that can't be quickly sold on for a bag of smack and... you get the idea.
It seems that the idea has been had that phones are to be made uglier so that people wouldn't dream of half-inching your handset. Yup, this call coinicides with the Home Office unveiling the winning designs in a crime prevention contest, aimed at making mobile phones less attractive to thieves.
One neat design however is a phone that has an alarm that sounds when a phone is too far from its owner and locks the handset. Not especially good if you're prone to losing your phone all the time. The winning designs will be shown off at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from the 15-18 February.
No super heroes as yet.