Technology Tackles Crimes On Teenagers
Mainstream manufacturers of hi-tech gadgets are thinking of ways to help reduce theft…
Latest gadgets – prime targets
An iPod nano, a Sony PSP 3000 or an iPhone 3G. They might be the latest gadgets but cool tools come with risk factor when you’re out on the big bad streets. Whether taking your bull terrier for a walk, minding your own business in the queue at Krispy Kreme donuts or heading for football practice, most of us will also be texting, chatting, listening to Timbaland or the Klaxons.
‘Hot product’ theft
According to research recently published by the Design Council on behalf of the Home Office, 1 in 8 (12%) of 11-16 year olds have been the victim of ‘hot product’ theft in the last 3 years. 1 in 3 (31%) were listening to music on headphones, talking or texting on a phone or playing on a games console when the item was stolen. So, what is the answer? Nobody wants to feel in danger walking down the street but at the moment we are often walking targets.
Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, proposes to extend the British Crime Survey to include surveys of under 16s’ experiences of crime. In May 2008 she met with senior designers from leading technology firms, such as Sony and Nokia, at an event hosted by the Design Council. The aim was to bring a creative slant to the issue and focus on innovative design briefs which will encourage manufacturers to develop them into next generation crime-safe gadgets. Apple, which makes the iPod and iPhone, already helps owners personalise their gadgets and is considering other ways to help deter criminals.
Credit graphic: saschapohflepp - Flickr.com
- One in eight (12 per cent) in England has been the victim of ‘hot product’ theft in the last three years.
- 97 per cent carry a gadget with them at some point.
- One in three (31 per cent) victims were listening to music on headphones, talking or texting on a phone or playing on a games console when their item was stolen.
- 85 per cent frequently carry their phones with them.
- 35 per cent carry an MP3 player.
- Nearly half of those surveyed estimated the value of these products to be between £100 and £500.
- Almost two thirds are concerned about the items being stolen.