Although statistics are not collected centrally, 12-15,000
analogue and up to 1,000 digital phones are believed to
be stolen each month. Some theft is from warehouses,
dealer premises or hi-jacking of delivery vehicles. But
much is directly from the public, sometimes involving
violence. Up to 40% of car break-ins in London are now
believed to be for the purpose of stealing a mobile
telephone, and the relatively new practice of ‘jamming’
(essentially a ‘smash and grab’ raid on an occupied car
stuck in traffic) is increasing rapidly.
In California, inmates utilize cellular telephones to conduct unauthorized communications. The phones are used by inmates to coordinate the introduction of drugs and other dangerous contraband into the state's prisons. Inmates also utilize cell phones to harrass victims, intimidate witneses, plan escapes, conduct gang activity (murders, assualts, drug trafficking, etc.), facilitate credit card fraud, watch porn, and surf the internet. The introduction of contraband cell phones in the state's prisons has increased over the last several years. The introduction of contraband cell phones in state prisons has created a dangerous environment for the inmates, the staff who work in the prisons, and the general public.