The National Mobile Property Registry: What Law Enforcement Needs to Know

The National Mobile Property Registry: What Law Enforcement Needs to Know
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1Module 1
Recorded on: 2023-10-12
Unit 1Presentation Materials: The National Mobile Property Registry: What Law Enforcement Needs to Know
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Smartphone crimes are on the rise. Given the average prices of smartphones and the ability to convert these to cash, they are even being used as currency, especially for criminal operations. This webinar introduces the National Mobile Property Registry (NMPR) and how this registry can facilitate the reduction of smartphone crimes by devaluing stolen phones.

This session’s presenter is Dion McArthur from Recipero’s Law Enforcement Services. Dion has over 27 years of experience working with law enforcement on property crimes, pawn and second-hand investigations, electronic reporting, and insurance crimes.

Specifics of the discussion covered:

  • A backgrounder on Recipero and the NMPR – and how they provide a no-cost resource to law enforcement to prevent and investigate smartphone crimes.
  • How phones now serve as extensions of our lives and how the data within and its worth in dollars make it valuable for thieves.
  • The prevalence of smartphone crimes based on statistics from police and retailers, and the headlines.
  • How smartphone crime-related violence poses risks to and impact the quality of life in communities.
  • What IMEIs are – the information they provide and how these can be utilized by law enforcement.
  • Recipero’s IMEI database – their massive records of IMEIs from cellphone networks across the world and the source of the data.
  • The other Recipero products that work alongside NMPR to provide a holistic solution to preventing and investigating smartphone crimes.
  • NMPR: It’s accessibility, capability, and availability for law enforcement agencies.
  • An overview of how searches are done, and the details provided in the results.
  • A rundown of criminal justice units at the local, state, and federal levels that will benefit from NMPR and other Recipero services.
  • Ways that the NMPR assisted law enforcement in cases of missing persons/abduction, human trafficking, prostitution, grand theft auto, smuggling, and rape on top of the common phone theft and robbery.
  • A live demonstration that walked through:
    • Conducting a basic individual search and bulk searches on the NMPR.
    • Accessing previous searches and creating watchlists in NMPR to aid with investigations.
    • Reporting lost, stolen, and found devices.
    • Utilizing AssetWatch for commercial customers to safeguard devices and prevent them from being resold and activated if stolen.
  • NMPR’s integration with common systems that law enforcement regularly access as Nlets and RMS.

Points raised by webinar participants during the Q&A are about:

  • The types of devices that can be tracked by the NMPR.
  • Availability of the mobile registry through Clear on Thomson Reuters.
  • Acquiring IMEIs from arrestees during intake.
  • Whether the states of Virginia or Maryland have access to NMPR.
  • How to access and obtain the IMEIs for the device.
  • Protect DNA as a means of identification.
  • Whether a phone that was tagged on AssetWatch can still be pinged by law enforcement.


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Audience Comments

  • “The website’s existence and the services provided to LE for free.” — William
  • “I had never heard of IMEI before this webinar, and learned a lot, thank you.” — Collin
  • “I learned there is a national database for reporting searching for lost and stolen devices with IMEI numbers and law enforcement has free access directly or through NLETS via their state message switch.” — Eric
  • “I learned about the NMPR system and the many reasons it would be a useful tool for my agency to assist in investigations. I am interested in learning more about this.” — Kimberly
  • “What is an MEI number? This was great information for free. I did not know this was available to us. Thanks for sharing this subject.” — Luis
  • “I previously had not heard of the NMPR. It may prove to be a valuable tool for us in future investigations.” — William
  • “Very good speaker.” – FLEMING


Nlets is a self-funded nonprofit, established in 1967 with the objective of connecting law enforcement, justice, and public safety agencies for the purpose of exchanging critical criminal justice information. They strive to ensure that the right information gets to the right person as quickly as possible. Nlets connects more than 1,000,000 users, 45,000 agencies, and 800,000 devices, with more than three billion transactions traversing their secure network last year.



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