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  Mobile companies join phone crime fight
Updated 08 February 2002, 16.20
Teenager with mobile phone
Two mobile companies who were ticked off for not doing enough to stop phone theft have joined the fight against crime.

Vodafone and BT Cellnet now plan to introduce new measures to make it harder for mobile thieves.

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School children are most at risk from mobile crime

School children will benefit most from these measures as they are five times more likely than adults to be victims of mobile phone crime.

Police could trace stolen mobiles

The Government recently named both Vodafone and BT Cellnet as the two networks which had refused to take measures to stop thieves using stolen mobiles.

Virgin, One to One and Orange already take action against crime.

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Both firms said customers hadn't asked for the service, but they've now decided to toe the line.

They'll both be introducing systems which block calls from stolen handsets so thieves won't be able to put other SIM cards into them.

And they''ll be bringing in measures which could allow police to trace calls made from stolen phones.

Both firms will also start sharing IMEI numbers (unique ID codes for each mobile) with other mobile companies so they can stop stolen mobiles being used on any network.

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