Zafri’s Brilliant Act Mobile Theft Punishment, Couldn’t Control Their Laugh
Stealing cell phones should carry harsher penalties than other kinds of property theft, a ruling by the Supreme Court indicated Thursday. The court upheld a lower court’s three-year sentence for a phone thief, and explained that stealing mobile phones was more intimate and damaging than the theft of other items.
According to Justice Yitzhak Amit, theft of a smartphone, which has become an indispensable part of life to many Israelis, is more damaging to victims than other types of larceny. “Cell phones today hold people’s life story — containing moments and significant memories from their lives, alongside information essential to their day-to-day functioning,” Amit wrote.
He noted that the recovery of photos, addresses, telephone numbers, calendars and notes were costly and time-consuming processes. “The stealing of a cell phone may cause the victim stress and anxiety,” he added. Amit added that cell phone thievery constituted a severe violation of a person’s privacy, a phone being “a safe of sorts that contains photos — often sensitive ones — (as well as) personal correspondence and personal, even secret information.”