Brown Works to Deter Cell Phone Theft

sherrod brown introduces cell phone legislation

EUCLID, Ohio — A cell phone can be easily sold on the black market, making it desirable to thieves.

With that in mind, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced a plan Thursday to deter mobile device theft.

“Too many Northeastern 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.”

Brown is co-sponsoring the Mobile Device Theft Deterrence Act.

Currently, there is database that allows a cell phone to be remotely deactivated if it is stolen.

The legislation would crack down on thieves who tamper with the part of the phone that links it to the database to avoid deactivation.

According to the Pew Research Center, a stolen iPhone can cost of up $849 to replace.