Phone alarm that wails loudly if taken away from owner wins UK challenge

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London, February 11 (ANI): A mobile phone alarm that lets out a high-pitched wail if taken more than ten metres away from its owner has won a British government challenge aimed at tackling phone crime.

The i-migo mobile alarm was one of three crime-proof cellphone designs to win the UK's Mobile Phone Security Challenge.

The device also regularly backs-up data from the phone, and sends out an alert if a thief were to make off with the handset.

Competing for technological innovation were also two other winning designs, the Tie, which electronically matches a SIM card with its handset, and TouchSafe which requires a swipe card to make transactions on the phone.

"Overall crime has fallen since 1997 but as new technology creates new opportunities for the user it can also provide criminals with opportunities as well. This is where designing out crime can make a real difference," the Scotsman quoted the country's Home Office Minister Alan Campbell as saying. (ANI)

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