Mobile phone chains link up to tackle theft

Carphone Warehouse and The Link have joined with their competitors and the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police to launch an anti-crime initiative to combat phone theft.

The scheme, called Immobilise, will go live next week, backed by Home Secretary David Blunkett and Sir John Stevens, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

Carphone and The Link have spearheaded the anti-crime drive. Chief executive Andrew Harrison said: 'We've been co-ordinating an industry-wide campaign.'

Dixons-owned The Link ran an anti-mobile phone crime campaign with the Met last year that resulted in 120,000 phones in London being security marked.

According to Carphone Warehouse, a mobile phone is stolen every minute in the UK. A quarter of all UK street crime involves the theft of mobile phones with 700,000 stolen last year alone.