Friday, December 26, 2014

Follow us:
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Subscribe to this news feed 



Schumer calls for law to deter cell phone thefts

  • Text size: + -
CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Schumer calls for law to deter cell phone thefts
Play now

Time Warner Cable video customers:
Sign in with your TWC ID to access our video clips.

out of 10

Free Video Views Remaining

To get you to the stories you care about, we are offering everyone 10 video views per month.

Access to our video is always free for Time Warner Cable video customers who login with their TWC ID.

  To view our videos, you need to
enable JavaScript. Learn how.
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.

Then come back here and refresh the page.

According to the FCC, approximately 40 percent of thefts in major U.S. cities involve cell phones.

That's why Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is looking to crack down on cell phone thefts.

He's proposing a new bill, the Mobile Device Theft Deterrence Act, that would stiffen penalties for those who tamper with phone identification numbers to avoid a phone shutdown, making it a federal crime punishable by up to five years in jail.

It would work in conjunction with the Stolen Cell Phone Registry that began operation late last year.

Victims can report the crime and have their phones permanently disabled, so they are unable to be re-sold on the black market. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP