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Gov't to acquire system to recover stolen cell phones

Thursday, January 11, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — National Security Minister, Robert Montague has announced that a system to aid in the recovery of stolen cellular phones is being acquired for use by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

The equipment, valued at approximately US$45,000, should arrive within the next six to eight weeks, the minister said at the handing over ceremony of 14,000 150th anniversary commemorative pins to the Jamaica Constabulary Force at the Police Commissioner's Office on Old Hope Road.

Montague said the system will be deployed on a phased basis and will initially be limited to a specific geographic area.

The ministry will also launch a website to support the system, where people will be able to register their cell phones (even those outside of the geographic zone in the initial phase).

If the phone is stolen, that individual will be able to request that it be shut down so it will be of no use to the thief, the minister disclosed.

“Although this step may seem insignificant, stealing a phone is an entry level crime. It is estimated that conservatively 2,400 cell phones are stolen per year. If we attach a rough cost of $10,000 to each of those then we can see that this works out to roughly 24 million dollars so it does add up.

“Therefore, we must begin to see the use of this technology as a force multiplier to assist the members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force in carrying out their duties. One of the best ways forward is to use information technology to create effective policing. Technology must be the foundation for the next 150 years.”

In commending the JCF for its work over the years, Montague noted that while the JCF has had its challenges, the one most certain thing is that the organisation has always stood tall and overcome those challenges for the protection of the people of Jamaica and the nation itself.

He implored members of the JCF to wear the pins with pride as it represents 150 years of service to a grateful nation.

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