Email List Google Plus
 

Question of the DaySave with the ABC 22 Golf CardReal EstateJob LinksPhoto GalleriesTrafficBattle Buddies

Forecast

Today: Sunshine Returns - Drier & Comfortable.
High: 80     Winds: W 4-8 mph

Tonight: Overall Partly Cloudy
Low: 59     Winds: W 2-6 mph

Friday: Increasing Clouds with Some Pop-Up P.M. Showers.
High: 81     Winds: ...
More...
Washington Times
Advertise with us!

Search Results

The following is an archived video story. The text content of that video story is available below for reference. The original video has been deleted and is no longer available.

Brown Announces Plan to Prevent Illegal Resale of Stolen Phones

DAYTON --Police are battling a serious increase in cell phone thefts. In fact, a quarter of all theft cases in Dayton involve cell phones.

While citing the rise of cell phone theft, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced today a plans to deter theft by preventing the illegal resale of stolen phones.

Brown was joined by Trotwood Police Chief Quincy Pope Sr. and Tyree T. Horn, a 17 year-old Trotwood resident.

Horn's cell phone was stolen while he was riding the bus in Trotwood.

"After he made a phone call he said he was not going to give me my phone back so I tried to get my phone back from the guy and as I was doing that he assaulted me," said Horn. "He hit me once in my bottom lip."
 
“Too many southwest Ohioans have been targeted for crime, just because of the phone in their pocket or purse,” Brown said. “With so much of this criminal activity fueled by the black market, this legislation will crack down on cell phone theft and impose severe consequences on thieves who will think twice before trying to make a quick buck."
 
Chief Pope said his department is proud to support Brown's effort. He said the legislation will reduce the number of thefts in the area.

“We are committed to support these innovative efforts and look forward to more collaborative efforts in the future,” Pope said.
 
Criminals often target cell phones because they can easily be resold on the black market. Prior to the establishment of the database, most carriers only deactivated a stolen cell phone’s SIM card rather than the entire phone. While carriers entered into an agreement with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch a database of unique cell phone identification numbers to allow stolen cell phones to be entirely deactivated, some criminals are tampering with those unique identifiers- known as International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers - to avoid detection.
 
"I was like why is this happening to me," said Horn. "I really feel bad because now I'm hesitant in being nice to people lending them my phone. This was the first phone I bought out of my own pocket."

The Mobile Device Theft Deterrence Act of 2013 would add criminal penalties of up to five years for criminals who tamper with cell phones IMEIs in order to circumvent the database.  The bill would provide exceptions for legal alterations made to repair or refurbish phones or to protect the privacy and security of the end user. The bill has the full support of CTIA, the Wireless Association, which joined forces with the FCC to implement the national database.

If you lost your phone, be ready to cough up a few hundred dollars to get it replaced. This law also serves as a reminder not just to criminals but to everyone. We wouldn't walk down the street flaunting hundreds of dollars in cash, we should think of our phone in the same way.

"People walk around with their cell phones more exposed than their wallets and the persons and not think of this," said Brown. "There are so many ways to steal them. We want the penalties to be stronger and we want to protect from identity theft."

"It's kind of like bling the more you advertise it out there the more potential it is that somebody might want to take it, grab it, steal it or rob you for it," said Trotwood Police Department Captain John Porter.

As for Tyree, police were able to track his phone a couple days later by using the Find my iPhone app, but he says he's learned his lesson.

"Keep your phone in your pocket," he said. "If you really want to be generous to somebody try not to have the phone in their hand if it's really important they won't mind."

Police also recommend you write down your phone's specific identification numbers so you can track it at a later time.
 
Connect with ABC 22/FOX 45 Reporter Wale Aliyu on Facebook and Twitter.

 
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Border Crisis

    Border Crisis

    Get the latest developments on the border control issue!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Chefs Corner

    Chefs Corner

    We often invite local chefs into our studio kitchen to demonstrate their cooking techniques and recipes.  Watch those video segments on this page.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Pay It Forward

    Pay It Forward

    River Valley Credit Union, FOX45, and ABC22 recognize the good deeds of people and organizations who make the Miami Valley a better place.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Health Care Reform

    Health Care Reform

    The Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act sparked a new battle. Check here daily for the latest developments, locally and across the country.

  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Secrets Of A Thief

    Secrets Of A Thief

    We expose the "Secrets Of A Thief". Sponsored by Shiver Security.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Cool Schools

    Cool Schools

    Our children are the way of the future and it all starts with our schools. Join us as our Hilary Zalla goes inside schools around the Miami Valley to find out what cool things students and teachers are ...
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Town Hall

    Town Hall

    Join in as our expert panel discusses jobs in Ohio
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - No Text Zone

    No Text Zone

    Texting While Driving Kills Thousands of People Each Year. Many More are Seriously Injured. You Can Help Make Our Roads a NO TEXT ZONE.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Washington Times

    Washington Times

    Politics, Breaking News, US and World News.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - On Time Traffic

    On Time Traffic

    Get the latest traffic information and updates here!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - School Closings

    School Closings

    Get the list of all closings and delays for schools and businesses within the area, and sign up for text alerts!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Save Local TV

    Save Local TV

    Find out how you can save local TV right here!

  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Raw News

    Raw News

    Watch raw, unedited and uncensored news stories right here!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Pump Patrol

    Pump Patrol

    Find the lowest gas prices, check out local and national price trends, report low prices and get fuel saving tips!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Political Pulse

    Political Pulse

    Armstrong Williams is a pugnacious, provocative and principled voice for conservatives and Christian values in America's public debates.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - News Links

    News Links

    These links were chosen by the newsroom for their newsworthy content. These sites enhance the news stories that aired on the newscast on the dates cited.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Menard's Around the House

    Menard's Around the House

    Menards Around the House how-to videos give you tips for those much needed home improvements!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - On the Move

    On the Move

    Get the latest news and more on your mobile phone!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Good Morning

    Good Morning

    It's Fun, it's fresh, the way mornings should be!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Top Stories

    Top Stories

    Get up to the minute information from across Ohio in our Top Stories section!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Your Voice. Your Future.

    Your Voice. Your Future.

    As the country faces challenges from federal budget issues to jobs and national debt, your voice is critical to the future.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Waste Watch

    Waste Watch

    How are your tax dollars being spent? Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments or any groups are using your money wisely...or wasting it.

more »

Business News

Asian markets drift after US Fed stays course

MUMBAI, India (AP) -- Asian stock markets are uninspired by an upbeat report on the U.S. economy, with most drifting lower Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would make further cuts to its monetary stimulus as expected.

Consumer Info

   WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 03/21/14 --
 Companies that pride themselves on being eco-friendly may have conflicted
 ideas between marketing with ad specialties and maintaining their green
 reputation. ...

Entertainment News

PRODUCTION OF NEW SEASON OF "BIG BANG THEORY" DELAYED IN CONTRACT DISPUTE

NEW YORK (AP) -- "The Big Bang Theory" is being delayed by a fight over big bucks.

Get This

STOLEN BUDDHA

HALFWAY, Md. (AP) -- It's a heavy crime.

Science/Tech News

IN THE NEWS: BRITAIN-DRIVERLESS CARS

LONDON (AP) -- British officials says driverless cars will be tested on roads in as many as three cities in a trial program to begin in January

Officials said Wednesday the tests will last up to three years.

Tonight on ABC 22

6:00 pm ..... ABC 22 News at Six
6:30 pm ..... ABC World News
7:00 pm ..... Family Feud
7:30 pm ..... Family Feud
8:00 pm ..... The Quest (Season Premiere)
9:00 pm ..... Rookie Blue
10:00 pm ... NY Med
11:00 pm ... ABC 22 News at Eleven
11:30 pm ... Jimmy Kimmel Live
12:30 am ... Nightline
Complete Schedule»