Mobile snatching is one of the most common crimes taking place in Pakistan. This crime was mostly popular in Sindh, especially Karachi, where bikers would ride up to unsuspecting victims and force them to hand over their phones at gunpoint. Due to Covid-19, the poverty situation of the country was on the rise as many people had lost their jobs. This caused an alarming spike in mobile snatching cases even in the Punjab Region. Most of the time the criminals cannot be caught and the mobile snatchers roam free while the victim faces monetary losses.
To fight back and retrieve stolen mobiles, the Punjab Police Département has launched an official application that people can download on their smartphones to help track down stolen phones and put a stop to smartphones being stolen and sold. The eGadget Monitoring System can be easily downloaded from the iOS App Store for iPhone and the Google Play Store for Android users.
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Launching the App
The launch ceremony of this app was organized at the Deputy Inspector General Investigations Office in Lahore. The app’s launch ceremony was attended by BA Nasir, who is the Chief Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) as the event’s chief guest. This event was also attended by many media partners, the app stakeholders, senior police officials, and as well as normal rank police officers.
Other high-profile personals who attended the launch ceremony include, DIG Investigation Dr. Inaam Wahid, DIG Operations Waqas Nazeer, SSP Admin Mutazir Mehdi, SSP Investigations Zeeshan Asghar, and SSP (CRO) Ahsan Saifullah.
While addressing the attendees of this ceremony, the CCPO of Lahore praised the smartphone app as a powerful means of reducing mobile snatching and the trade of stolen smartphones in the market by 60%. This is a big number since mobile snatching cases are on the rise. Mr. BA Nasir called the smartphone app a revolution, a need for the citizens to feel safeguarded and protected against the crime of mobile snatching.
The CCPO of Lahore assured that this app will also be launched in other cities of the Punjab region after the app garnered success in the province’s Capital city, as currently, this app is only functional in Lahore.
Moreover, Dr. Inam Wajid, DIG, also stated during the ceremony that this mobile app will not only help users retrieve stolen mobile phones, but will also let smartphone business owners save the IMEIs of all the phones that they have sold on the app. This tactic will create a database for all smartphones currently being bought and sold on the market, helping the police track down stolen phones.
How it works
If a smartphone, that has been registered on the app, is reported as stolen, an FIR will automatically be uploaded on the app and the police will be notified about it instantly.
The police department will naturally get access to the app’s databases and be able to track down the location of the stolen phone. This increases the possibility that all stolen devices can be recovered within a short time. Customers who are on the lookout for a new, second-hand smartphone will also be able to verify the device on the eGadget Monitoring System App to see if it is reported as stolen or not. Not only does this protect customers from buying stolen phones, but also protects people from being victims of mobile snatching crime. Get the idea from the real estate projects.
Guarding against stolen vehicles
With the success of the eGadget Monitoring System smartphone app, the next target for the Punjab Police is to develop a smartphone app to prevent car theft in the province. Currently, the only way buyers can be assured that the car they have purchased is not stolen is through the Vehicle Verification Certificate that can be availed from the Punjab police’s Police Kidmat Markaz.
With the launch of this app, the police aim to see a decrease in mobile snatching crimes and to put an end to the sale of stolen mobile phones in the entire country.