Malaysia to bar stolen handsets

According to ComputerWorld Singapore, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) plans to set up a national database for reported lost and stolen mobile phones in an effort to curb mobile phone crime.

This is similar to schemes launched in Australia and Britain, in which a nationwide handset blocking system is in place. Reported mobile phones are rendered unusable, even with new SIM cards.

As the number of mobile phones and smartphones grow, it is inevitable that theft involving these indispensable yet often costly devices will increase.

This is especially so pertaining to smart devices, what with growing acceptance due to continual efforts to make it easier to write enterprise applications. If nothing else, you can certainly count on proliferation of these high tech mobile devices due to BlackBerry (device) envy.

What is the situation like in your part of the world? Is there a system in place to disable stolen devices, or are you very much left to fend on your own? Join the discussion.