Buyer beware – Use CheckMEND and buy with confidence

This story in the Telegraph is typical of the type of issue we see consumers and traders encounter each day.

Our advice when considering the purchase of a secondhand mobile device regardless of whether it is via online auction sites like eBay or a bricks an mortar shop, is to check its history with www.CheckMEND.com which provides the most comprehensive check available.

CheckMEND is part of the Recipero Crime Reduction Ecosystem that has been developed over the past 15 years in partnership with Police, Retailers, Networks, Insurers, and the Public delivering tangible crime reduction benefits throughout the industry.

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    FCC issue clear, focused, actionable guidance to tackle phone crime

    At the FCC’s Technical Advisory Committee meeting on December 4th (FCC video – view from 39 minutes) Chairman Wheeler shared what he will be asking industry to do to reduce levels of mobile device theft.

    Ensure that the lock/erase/restore functionalities built into many phones today is enabled by default.

    This is important progress for consumers, many of whom choose not to enable such mechanisms. In future it is hoped they will have to actively choose to disable them. Consumer choice will not be restricted – but they will be protected by default. In the area of theft from consumers, such functionality is having an effect already. Changing the default configuration will ensure more consumers are protected.

    Secure the unique device identifiers by ensuring they cannot be changed.

    This is absolutely crucial to both the good operation of cellular networks and in the fight against crime. The practice of reprogramming is already outlawed in several countries but enforcement is virtually impossible. Making identifiers immutable at a hardware level will make circumvention uneconomical for criminals. At the same time it will ensure that existing tools such as cross-operator blocking continue to effectively contribute to the fight against device crime.

    Improve use of data to stop the resale of stolen devices.

    This request has three components and is the most significant recommendation. Data sharing is already used to reduce wider crimes involving corporate theft and contract fraud that blocking or ‘kill switch’ functions do not address but  there are gaps that need to be addressed.

    Some existing databases are slow and cumbersome

    Industry needs to use the “best of breed” databases to share information.

    Current systems have limitations at odds with the fast-paced world of wireless. It is clear that there is no technological barrier to having real-time data sharing between networks, law enforcement and traders. In Malaysia the Communications and Multimedia Commission has successfully implemented and will soon launch real-time blocking and information sharing between networks and other parties. The attentions of the FCC in this area should raise awareness with industry.

    Industry must support law enforcement agencies in its actions

    The Chairman sets the challenge “There must be an app for that!”  Well, there is, of course, and it can be accessed by law enforcement officers from any smartphone, tablet or web browser at www.nmpr.com. This web application brings together databases old and new in one place that officers can use very simply. The global NMPR is used by over 80,000 police officers and staff in the UK and 75 agencies in the US are currently trialing its use. We anticipate that the FCC’s attention in this area will encourage all law enforcement agencies to explore this powerful tool.

    Industry must take steps to verify that a device is not stolen when it is offered to them in trade

    Some industry leaders including Sprint, Gamestop and Gazelle adopted such practices up to two years ago. They recognized that simply checking whether a phone is blocked by another network is not enough. Less than 50% ¹ of phones that are not in the hands of the rightful owner are reported to networks. Those subject to insurance claims, corporate theft, supply chain leakage, contract and rental fraud account for a massive amount of thefts that do not result in network blocking or kill switch activation. These can only be addressed by both data sharing from industry and appropriate due-diligence at the point of trade.

    The Chairman’s requests to industry are clear, focused and actionable. The solutions to each challenge are available and cost effective. The wireless industry and law enforcement would do well to look closely at those solutions.

     


    ¹ As at 8th Dec 2014 US blocked phones accounts for 48.9% of the total US stolen phones that Recipero holds records of.

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      Carmarthenshire Police and retailers use Immobilise to combat property theft

      Carmarthenshire Police Neighbourhood Development Team and Carmarthenshire Community Safety Partnership are working together with retailers to get electrical items purchased in stores uploaded onto www.immobilise.com at the point of purchase.

      Starting on Wednesday December 3rd, retailers will give customers the opportunity to register their new electrical and valuable items recorded and uploaded onto the national property registration site for FREE.

      Registration forms for www.immobilise.com accounts will be completed within the store with customers before being put online by Dyfed Powys Police officers. Once registered with an account the owners will then have the opportunity to add further property onto that account.

      The online Immobilise property registration system used by all UK police forces via the NMPR, and second hand traders via CheckMEND to check whether property that is recovered or offered for sale they come in contact with is stolen. If so it allows them to return it to the owners and also assists in bringing offenders to justice who are in possession of the property.

      The scheme is being rolled out to tackle the issue of victims not being able to provide full details of their property when it is lost or stolen. In addition it is hoped it will assist the police in bring those responsible for stealing property and handling the property to justice.

      PS78 Moore said:

      Over the past few years we have adopted a very successful partnership with Carmarthenshire Community Safety and attended community events encouraging members of the public to take measures registering and securing their property. This has been reasonably successful, but by registering the property at the point of purchase it is hoped that even more people will benefit being signed up to www.immobilise.com.

      We have currently rolled this initiative out for Cycles with Halfords in Llanelli and Carmarthen and are confident our decision to expand the initiative to the other retailers will benefit all in our commitment to prevent crime.

      Links:

      http://www.dyfed-powys.police.uk

      http://www.immobilise.com

      http://www.checkmend.com

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        Police and Asda work together to get shoppers property registered on Immobilise

        Humberside Police are working in partnership with ASDA at Mount Pleasant Retail Park to get electrical items purchased in the store uploaded onto www.immobilise.com at the point of purchase.

        Starting Sunday 31 August 2014, the store will give customers the opportunity to register their new electrical and valuable items recorded and uploaded onto the national property registration site for FREE.

        Registration forms for www.immobilise.com accounts will be completed within the store with customers before being put online by Humberside Police volunteers. Once registered with an account the owners will then have the opportunity to add further property onto that account.

        Immobilise is an online property registration system used by all UK police forces and second hand dealers to check whether property that is recovered or offered for sale they come in contact with is stolen. If so it allows them to return it to the owners and also assists in bringing offenders to justice who are in possession of the property.

        The scheme is being rolled out to tackle the issue of victims not being able to provide full details of their property when it is lost or stolen. In addition it is hoped it will assist the police in bring those responsible for stealing property and handling the property to justice.

        PCSO Chris Wright said:

        Over the past few years police have attended community events and other engagement opportunities to encourage members of the public to register all their property on the site. This has been reasonably successful, but by registering the property at the point of purchase it is hoped that even more people will benefit being signed up to www.immobilise.com.

        I am delighted that ASDA have agreed to offer this service and builds on the strong links we have the stores in this area. They were quick to get involved with Operation Sodium to assist the force in tackling retail crime and their support in hosting a wide range of crime prevention events in stores.

        If the immobilise registration proves a success in ASDA I hope other retailers will follow suit and look at the possibility of offering a similar service to their customers.

        A similar initiative was rolled out via Cycle shops in Hull in April and to date over 1000’s new cycles have been registered onto www.immobilise.com.

        To read the source story please go to: http://www.humberside.police.uk/newsmedia/hull-police-and-asda-work-together-to-get-shoppers-property-on-immobilise 

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          Berkshire Police urge Public to log items on Immobilise to deter thieves

          Gadget owners across West Berkshire are being encouraged by local police to register their goods online so that officers can easily track them in the event that they are stolen.

          Sgt Alan Hawkett who is part of the local policing team for Bucklebury and Downlands is leading the initiative and wants people to register their equipment on to the Immobilise website. The free web-site records unique serial numbers for many items including i-pads and bicycles so that police can track them in the event that they are stolen.

          Historically, if you had your television stolen you wouldn’t have the serial number

          This scheme allows you to upload this information on to the Immobilise system.

          If an item is stolen the public needs to notify both the police and Immobilise, which will then enable us to be able to see it as a stolen item on the site with the serial number.

          Sgt Hawkett feels that use of this system will help deter thieves because;

          soon it will become common knowledge that people can label their property which is then identifiable to the police.

          The information stored on the website will only be accessed by officers in the event of a theft being reported, says Sgt Hawkett.

          The police have already been successful in encouraging members of the public to sign up to the scheme. Since June 245 items were registered on the service at a three-hour session for members of the public, and a further 23 on July 25 at an event in Thatcham, followed by 33 sign-ups on August 2nd.

          The police were also in Newbury town centre last Saturday between 6pm and 11pm informing members of the public of the scheme and Sgt Hawkett says that 36 accounts were created at the session. Banjo Cycles and Specialised Concept Store in Newbury are both involved with the project and support it.

          To view the source story please go to: www.newburytoday.co.uk/2014/public-urged-to-log-items-online-to-deter-thieves 

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            Sussex Police urge residents to register on Immobilise to help identify recovered property

            Sussex Police Operation MagpieSussex Police are urging the public to join the battle against burglars by logging their valuables on the Immobilise National Property Register which allows police and the public to work together to make stolen items too hot to handle.

            Residents can enter the details of their possessions on the free website and report when they have been stolen.

            Police officers not just in Sussex but around the UK can then check the details of items that they find or seize against the database. By confirming that the seized items had been stolen, officers can then look to prosecute whoever they were seized from for burglary or handling stolen goods – and can return the valuables to their rightful owners.

            Sussex Police is encouraging residents to use Immobilise as part of Operation Magpie, the force’s crackdown on burglary across the county.

            In support of Operation Magpie and Immobilise Registration Sussex Police have also produced an informative video that can be watched on youtube: Sussex Police Youtube video promoting Immobilise

            Detective Chief Inspector Paul Betts said:

            When our officers respond to reports of burglary, they often cannot get enough detailed information about the items which have been stolen – without old boxes for electrical items or photographs of jewellery for example it can be very difficult to accurately identify what has been taken.

            Better information greatly increases the chances of us being able to reunite stolen property with its rightful owner, helps us to get a better picture of which burglaries could be linked and gives us the evidence we need to prove that property is stolen.

            That helps us to link items to burglars and those trading in stolen goods and means we can get offenders off the streets and into the courts.

            Katy Bourne, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, is backing the campaign urging residents to register their property. She said:

            I’d like to see as many residents as possible playing their part in helping to beat burglary in Sussex.

            It’s simple – and it’s free – to register your personal items on the website and I hope people will do so. As well as making it easier for the police to track down registered owners, it can also act as a deterrent as it makes it harder for thieves to sell items on because they can be identified.

            As well as registering mobile phones and electrical items with serial numbers, residents can also register other items by uploading photographs and giving a description.

            They can also use the website to instantly access a list of all their property and to print off certificates of ownership if they need to make a claim to their insurance company.

            You can register your property in just a few minutes by visiting www.immobilise.com.

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              Over 650 bicycles now registered onto Immobilise by cycle shops in Hull

              Humberside Police and cycle shops across Hull are continuing to work together with more than 650 new cycles registered onto www.immobilise.com by stores since the end of May 2014.

              Cycle shops across Hull assist customers with registering their newly purchased or repaired cycles for free onto the property registration site at point of purchase. Once they have completed the registration forms with customers in store, Humberside Police Community Safety Volunteers then set up the on-line accounts.
              Once registered with an account the owners are then encouraged to add further property onto their personal immobilise account.
              www.immobilise.com is a FREE web based property recording system, endorsed and searchable by all UK Police Forces. This is a fantastic tool, used by police across the UK. It allows members of the public to register property details of cycles, mobile phones and other electricals on-line for FREE, which then assists police in returning items to their rightful owners and helps bring offenders to justice.
              In addition to Police searching for stolen property, registered second hand dealers and mobile phone recyclers frequently access the data and are assisting in the fight against the market in stolen goods.
              If a member of the public was to buy a secondhand item they could also check it for a small cost on www.checkmend.com/uk/, prior to purchase.
              To date the following thirteen stores have completed this service for their customers in Hull:
              • Bob’s Bikes, Beverley Road.
              • Cliff Pratt Cycles, Spring Bank.
              • Doug Scott Cycles, Beverley Road.
              • East Coast Bicycles, Princess Avenue.
              • Freetown Sports, Prospect Street.
              • Halfords, St Andrews Quay.
              • Ken Ellerker Cycles, Chanterlands Avenue.
              • Jobes Cycles, Anlaby Road.
              • Jobes Cycles, Holderness Road.
              • Motor World, Hessle Road.
              • Richardson’s Cycles, Marfleet Lane.
              • Star Bikes, Willerby Road.
              • Steve’s Cycles, Chanterlands Avenue.
              As part of continued support for tackling cycle crime, East Coast Cycles on Princes Avenue, Hull are holding a cycle marking event for bike owners on Saturday 19 July 2014 between 1000hrs and 1700hrs.
              The local Neighbourhood Policing Team will be assisting in cycle marking cycles in a gazebo at the front of the store and with refreshments provided by the store.
              Chris Hardy, Hull’s Second Hand Dealers Officer said: “Cycle stores have been quick to embrace the opportunity to support the police in tackling cycle crime. The fact over 650 new cycles have been registered in just over six weeks is an excellent up take. I hope by increasing cycles registered on-line we can reduce cycle thefts in the city, with thieves reluctant to take property which is identifiable and thus can lead to prosecution for stealing or even handling stolen property.
              “People really should consider using the website “CheckMEND” to check any second-hand cycle, or indeed any item with a unique serial number, they are looking to purchase. Humberside Police are uploading the serial / frame number of all items reported to us as stolen, onto the database and the use of CheckMEND checks protects members of the public from inadvertently buying stolen goods”.

              For more information please visit:

              Read the source store in full: www.humberside.police.uk/newsmedia/hull-over-650-cycles-registered-onto-wwwimmobilisecom-by-cycle-shops

              The Immobilise Property Register: www.immoblise.com

              Consumer electronics background history reports: www.checkMEND.com/uk/

              The Humberside Police website: www.humberside.police.uk

               

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                Recipero, mobile device-led data and intelligence specialists, appoint Greg Post as President, North America.

                DENVER, CO. – July 16, 2014 – Recipero is delighted to announce the appointment of Greg Post as President, North America and at the same time the opening of new offices in Denver, Colorado.

                Greg Post, President, North America

                Recipero specializes in device-led data solutions. This includes delivering critical intelligence to many organizations helping with fraud prevention, crime investigation, transaction verification, device due-diligence and registry building.

                The business’ solutions include CheckMEND that is used for checking the authenticity of ownership of devices by many US retailers, cellular operators and recyclers. These include Sprint, GameStop, Gazelle and Ingram Micro.

                The Patriot insurance fraud investigation tool is used by cell phone and consumer electronics insurers in the US and UK.

                Recipero has a long-standing relationship with US law enforcement and has recently been invited to join the FCC’s Mobile Device Theft Working Group. Many organizations see Recipero’s solutions as key to reducing handset crime in the same way they have been used by UK police for the past ten years to great effect.

                Mark Harman, CEO of Recipero, said, “This is a very exciting stage of the business’ development at a time when our data solutions have a critical role to play in helping all stakeholders reduce device crime in its various forms. In Greg we have joined forces with a well-known and highly respected telecom professional who will help spearhead our development over the coming years”.

                As President, North America Greg Post is responsible for overseeing the growth, operations, and business development with wireless carriers, recyclers and retailers, insurance companies and law enforcement agencies in North America.
                Greg has over 20 years executive experience of telecommunications and general management experience with Fortune 100 companies and venture-backed start-ups. He has held significant and varied positions in international and domestic wireless operations, business development, marketing and sales. This experience includes executive positions with T-Mobile, Cricket, Sprint Nextel, Nextel International and AT&T.
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                  Immobilise helps Hull bike shops and police crackdown on cycle theft

                  The Hull Daily Mail has reported that bike  shop owners are joining forces with police to tackle the scourge of cycle theft. Participating stores are encouraging people that purchase new bikes to register them on the online Immobilise National Property Database.

                  If the bike is stolen and recovered, police will be able to check the database via their NMPR system and return it to its owner.

                  Chris Hardy, Hull’s secondhand dealers officer, said:

                  Cycle stores have been quick to embrace the opportunity to support the police with this initiative, which is a fantastic opportunity for their customers to get their cycles registered on Immobilise before they leave the store.

                  By increasing the number of cycles registered online, I hope we can reduce cycle thefts in the city, as thieves will be reluctant to take property that is identifiable and can lead to prosecution for stealing the cycles or even handling stolen property.

                  As well as cycles, other property can be registered by the public on to the system once an account has been set up.

                  Bike theft has been rising in the city with an increase in shed and garage break-ins.

                  Ainthorpe Primary School pupil Grace Horton, nine, was reunited with her beloved bike three days after a burglary at her family’s home in West Hull. It had been stamped and added to Immobilise during an event run by police at the school.

                  Her mum Julie said:

                  She was inconsolable when I told her it had been stolen, even when I said I would buy her a new bike.

                  She said she just wanted her old one back.

                  Grace’s bike was found dumped outside a house three days after the break-in last month. The occupant called the police, who checked the their systems and realised it belonged to Grace.

                  Miss Horton said:

                  She was absolutely over the moon when the police said she could have her bike back.

                  I am so pleased she had it stamped, otherwise we never would have seen it again.

                  For more information please visit:

                  The Immobilise Property Register: www.immoblise.com

                  The Humberside Police website: www.humberside.police.uk

                  For the source story please go to: www.hulldailymail.co.uk/Hull-bike-shops-crackdown-cycle-theft 

                   

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                    CheckMEND helps Police return phone after it is spotted on eBay

                    The Metropolitan Police have reported that a mobile phone that was recorded as being stolen in Croydon has been returned to its owner after police managed to track it down when the phone was sold on eBay.

                    The victim, a 32 year-old woman, reported to police that her phone had been stolen in Croydon town centre on Monday, 10 March. Initial enquiries failed to identify any suspects, as the shop’s CCTV had not recorded the incident.

                    However, police received an alert via their NMPR system that the phone’s IMEI number had been checked by somebody using the CheckMEND service – a service that allows people to see if a phone has been reported stolen or been blocked.

                    Through further enquiries, officers managed to identify that the phone had been put up for sale on the auction website within hours of if being reported stolen. Officers eventually identified the seller and on Thursday 17 April a 29-year-old woman was subsequently interviewed by police. She claimed to have found the phone in the town centre and decided to sell it on. She provided officers with the details of the person to whom she had sold the phone, and after further enquiries, the police were able to retrieve the phone from the buyer and return it to the owner on 17 April.

                    The 29-year-old woman was cautioned for the offence of theft by finding.

                    PC Robert Sidney from the Broad Green Safer Neighbourhoods Team, who investigated the case

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                    This case highlights two important points. Firstly, if you’re buying a phone second-hand or over the Internet, then it is definitely worth checking to see if it has been reported stolen. You can do this through the CheckMEND website and whilst there is a small fee, it could save you a lot of money later on.

                    Secondly, whether you find a phone or any other expensive item or gadget in the street, then you could be committing an offence by simply keeping it. You should contact police or attend a police station to hand it in. If it doesn’t get claimed by the owner then it will be given to the finder, but if you just keep

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                    To view the source stories please see:

                    MET Police: met.police.uk/News/Stolen-phone-returned-to-owner-by-police

                    Croydon Guardian: croydonguardian.co.uk/news/

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