WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington’s mayor plans to announce a new tool in the fight against cell phone theft.

Mayor Vincent Gray has scheduled a news conference Monday morning to discuss the new tool known as “bricking.” Gray’s office says bricking renders the phone useless to the thief, effectively eliminating its re-sale value.

The mayor’s office says Police Chief Cathy Lanier also plans to deliver tips on how to stay safe during the holiday season and discuss holiday police deployments.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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