The force has been lobbying handset manufacturers to include passcodes out of the box, according to a report in The Register. The Met told me it would prefer it if users set their passcodes at the point of sale.
A political fight is brewing between local politicians and the mobile carriers about whether every phone should include a kill switch. The wrong people are having the argument.
The feds teamed up with law enforcement and the wireless industry to curb the theft of cellphones by essentially rendering the devices useless once pilfered and fingering the thieves if they try to re-activate them. Their plan: A new database that will track stolen phones.