The Peruvian police and authorities have serious security problems. mobile phone theftSo much so that statistics from the country’s National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI) and the Telecommunications Private Investment Supervisory Authority (Osiptel) showed that up to 4,754 mobile phones were illegally stolen in a single day.

For this reason, the Presidium of the Council of Ministers (PCM) has been tasked to take a very strong measure as part of a series of measures aimed at “strengthening the prevention and combating of illicit trade in mobile phones in the country.” “Theft of a mobile phone is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Is 30 years in prison for cell phone theft too much?

Local authorities said the decree “amends the Criminal Code with respect to aggravated robbery and includes theft of mobile, computer or other similar terminal equipment as an aggravating circumstance.”

Specific, “This criminal act will be punishable by 12 to 20 years.”and this period may increase from 20 to 30 years “in case of using explosives or motor vehicles to commit a crime”.

Severe punishment is also provided for those who use the method of obtaining, that is, “providing documents for the purpose of concealing, concealing or disguising the illegal origin of property or its parts.”

In this state of affairs, it should be emphasized that it will also seek to punish the trade or import of equipment that facilitates the falsification of the IMEI (International Mobile Device Identity), MAC (Media Access Control) or SIM card code. (subscriber identification module). “Two types of criminal offenses are also included: illegal storage of activated SIM cards and sale of equipment with a changed, replaced or duplicate IMEI,” explained the executive director.

The most stolen mobile phone models in Peru

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According to Osiptel, Samsung tops the list of mobile phone brands that are stolen the most in Peru. The list is completed by Xiaomi, Motorola, Huawei and Apple.

The most common days for mobile phones to be stolen are Monday, Tuesday and Saturday.. You can also view your theft per hour profile. At 10 am you can see 364 cell phones stolen across the country. Another peak occurs at 19:00. “We are talking about 311 telephones, which coincides with the time when workers leave their jobs,” said a representative of a Peruvian public organization.

Source: Digital Trends

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