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     FrontPage Edition: Fri 12 May 2006

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Police launch online database of IMEI numbers of stolen handphones

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To combat handphone-related crimes, Singapore police have implemented a screening system that will enable the identification of stolen handphones, using each handphone's unique 15 or 17 digit International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number.
The Police's online database is named HITS - Handphone IMEI Tracing System.
HITS contains the IMEI numbers of handphones that have been reported stolen. This system allows the public to verify if the handphone they intend to purchase is stolen or not.
IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identification. It is a series of unique identification number assigned to each handphone.
The handphone¡¯s warranty card will list the IMEI number. Alternatively, the public can key *#06# on the handphone to get the IMEI number. It is a series of either 15 or 17 numerical digits.
To make a handphone IMEI enquiry, follow these steps:
- visit the HITS Web site at HITS
- select from two options.

1. Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents, Employment Pass or Work Permit Holders.

2. Others
- fill in the mandatory fields such as NRIC/FIN or Passport Number, and also your Handphone or Residential numbers. No password is required.
The system will check the IMEI number against the IMEI database and display the following information:

Query result: ¡°Stolen¡± or ¡°No Record Found¡±.

If the query result is 'Stolen', proceed to any Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC) or Neighbourhood Police Post (NPP) to lodge a police report.
To check on more IMEI numbers, just click on ¡°Click here to make another enquiry¡±.
The service is free as the costs of maintaining the system are borne by the Singapore Police Force.
Singapore Police Force's Web site is at www.spf.gov.sg.

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