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Met steps up stop and search with mobile phone scanner

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Chris Williams
The Register
Tuesday, Sept 22nd, 2009

People stopped by the police in parts of London are having their phones scanned and instantly checked against a national database to determine whether they are stolen.

The on-the-spot checks, reminiscent of Police National Computer (PNC) checks for stopped vehicles, are being trialled by officers in Ealing and Bromley.

A handheld wireless device called Apollo scans the IMEI barcode, usually found underneath a phone’s battery*, and runs the number against the National Mobile Property Register (NMPR), a privately-run database that styles itself “the PNC of property”. It gathers data on stolen property from police, insurers, business and the public.

A Met spokesman said the device was merely a new tool officers could use when they stop and search suspects that would free control room staff from running IMEI checks manually.

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