SAN DIEGO--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--ecoATM, the company that enables consumers to recycle used mobile phones, tablets, and MP3 players, today announced that the FBI-Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, Inc. (FBI-LEEDA) has recognized ecoATM’s verification process as an “emerging and innovative method to recycle outdated electronics.” FBI-LEEDA visited ecoATM’s headquarters in San Diego and reviewed the company’s verification technology, met with the executive team and observed its operations. In a letter to ecoATM, FBI-LEEDA noted that:
“We are committed to working closely with local law enforcement around the country to make an ecoATM® kiosk the worst place for a criminal to try and sell stolen property”
- During each transaction ecoATM collects vital information required by secondhand dealer laws and for potential law enforcement use.
- ecoATM voluntarily reports identifying information about the device to local law enforcement officials.
- Participating law enforcement agencies have found this data to be an excellent evidentiary source, which has led to criminal prosecutions.
“Crime trends related to cell phone theft are a serious problem requiring the attention and resources of law enforcement,” said Charles Robb, Executive Director of FBI-LEEDA. “We urge law enforcement personnel to understand the facts about this issue and to fairly evaluate this matter.”
ecoATM and FBI-LEEDA will begin co-hosting a series of training events for law enforcement professionals across the U.S., focused on strategies to prevent and combat mobile phone theft. The first of these events will take place in San Diego, December 11-13, 2013.
“We are committed to working closely with local law enforcement around the country to make an ecoATM® kiosk the worst place for a criminal to try and sell stolen property,” said Mark Bowles, founder, ecoATM. “In the rare case when a thief makes the mistake of trying to use an ecoATM kiosk, we capture their fingerprints, photos and identification, and share information proactively with local police. We appreciate FBI-LEEDA’s review of our operations and look forward to continuing to build on our partnerships with law enforcement around the country.”
These efforts are in addition to the Law Enforcement Advisory Board that ecoATM established earlier this year. The members of the Law Enforcement Advisory Board have more than 200 combined years of municipal and state experience and members advise ecoATM on topics such as how to best communicate and effectively share data with law enforcement professionals.
The FBI-Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, Inc. which is not affiliated with the FBI or acting in its behalf has, in part, the following mission statement:
- To advance the science and art of Law Enforcement leadership and management.
- To develop and disseminate improved administrative, operational and technical practices to meet the needs of Law Enforcement executives throughout the world.
FBI-LEEDA is dedicated to providing innovative leadership education to law enforcement executives across the United States and, indeed, around the world.
ecoATM, a subsidiary of Outerwall Inc., is the first company to create an automated self-serve kiosk system to buy back old phones, tablets or MP3 players for cash. ecoATM uses patented, advanced machine vision, electronic diagnostics, and artificial intelligence to evaluate electronics. ecoATM’s eCycling stations provide a convenient trade-in solution with features that validate sellers’ identities and deter the sale of stolen phones, and the company works closely with local law enforcement (http://ecoatm.com/law-enforcement.html)
ecoATM holds both Responsible Recycling (R2) and ISO14001 certification, confirming the company’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards of electronics recycling, as well as ISO27001 certification for information and personal data security. See http://www.ecoatm.com/how-it-works.html for a video of how an ecoATM kiosk works. For more information, visit www.ecoatm.com and for more information about Outerwall Inc. please visit www.outerwall.com.