[bbc] The government has called on the mobile phone industry to do more to protect handset owners against theft.
Alan Campbell, Minister for Crime Prevention, said firms "have a social and a corporate responsibility to tackle crime".
Around 2% of British mobile phone users report they have suffered a theft in the last year, although for teenagers the figure is three times higher.
Mr Campbell said it was also an opportunity for innovation.
"First this is a great opportunity - this is new technology which can be promoted around the world," said Mr Campbell.
"But also mobile phone companies have a responsibility which goes beyond the profits they can make from phones; they have a social and a corporate responsibility to tackle crime."
Government calls for action on mobile phone crime