A cellphone plan
I READ YOUR ARTICLE OF 18 January about crime and the contributors to crime. I agree and would like to add the following:
I believe that the cellphone companies are also to blame. Not much is done to completely disable a stolen phone. If it were, there would be no reason to steal a phone, since it would be useless after it had been reported stolen.
I know you can have your phone blocked but someone told me that the criminals can unblock it. In Finland, apparently, they have a mechanism that completely destroys the inside of the phone once it’s reported stolen so that the phone can never be used again.
But why would MTN, Vodacom or Cell C adopt such a process? Each stolen phone is a potential new account. The current owner gets a new phone and sim card and carries on, while the stolen phone goes back into circulation. (That’s probably why SA has such a high percentage of phones.)
I believe that if cellphone companies took a stronger stance, people would no longer be murdered just for their phones. It might be worth your while to investigate further.