The app, which will be available for Android phones, will essentially function as an IMEI number verification mechanism. Users will be able to find and search for a phone number while purchasing a phone and the app will determine whether the phone is being sold legally or is stolen.
The app will contain the IMEI numbers of every single mobile device reported stolen within the jurisdiction of the city’s 34 police stations. According to CCPO Peshawar Aijaz Khan, entering a stolen phone’s IMEI into the app will not only alert buyers to the theft, but will also notify the police of the phone’s presence. To ensure that the app is fully functional, police officials have asked mobile sellers to install it on their phones.
The app’s release coincides with an increase in crime in the provincial capital, particularly incidents of mobile theft. Apart from a deterioration in law enforcement, the rise in mobile theft has been attributed to an increase in mobile phone prices as a result of a higher exchange rate and increased taxes.