The increase in handphone-related crimes over the years is an area of concern which needs to be tackled robustly. Handphones have become primary targets for robbers, cheats and snatch thieves. One way to curb this problem is by implementing a screening system that will enable identification of stolen handphones, using each handphone's unique 15 or 17 digit International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number. To retrieve the IMEI number of your handphone, key *#06# on your handphone keypad.
This system, the Handphone IMEI Tracing System (HITS), holds a database of IMEI numbers of handphones that have been reported stolen. It allows the members of public to verify if the handphone they intend to purchase has been reported stolen.