Journal Article

Anticipating Mobile Phone ‘Smart Wallet’ Crime: Policing and Corporate Social Responsibility

Shaun Whitehead and Graham Farrell

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 2, issue 2, pages 210-217
Published in print January 2008 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online June 2008 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/police/pan024
Anticipating Mobile Phone ‘Smart Wallet’ Crime: Policing and Corporate Social Responsibility

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Policing continues to struggle with the wave of mobile phone theft that emerged from the mid-1990s onwards. In this decade, the rate of increase may be waning, but the next wave may be approaching. Mobile phone smart wallets combine smart card technology with mobile phones, and the potential for identity theft and financial crime—and hence the attractiveness of theft—is likely to increase with smart wallets. This could spur new forms of theft, violence and other crimes. However, the market testing of technologies in Japan may be inappropriate for crime-proofing purposes, because of Japan's low crime rate. The criminogenic potential of smart card and mobile smart wallet technologies warrants further examination. If policing is to avoid a potential crime problem, discussions with manufacturers should begin before the problem takes hold.

Journal Article.  3978 words. 

Subjects: Policing

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