A pin code?
Most people I know have a pin on their phone these days. When a phone is stolen it is usually an opportunistic theft, so they aren't considering if they have a pin or not. In most cases, they can be gotten around in some way, so the most important factor is encryption of a device so the data, at least, is safe. I know there is an argument that if it is harder to re-use a stolen phone then it will, over time, reduce theft, but it won't really stop opportunistic theft, whether it is a wallet, laptop, watch etc etc.
If they were really bothered, they wouldn't waste resources lobbying on a daft change to default on a pin, they would insist that the mobile operators can block imei codes. But then the operators would insist that phones are not easily firmware overwritten, which will help their bottom line, probably.
So the knock on effect will be probably be a law making alteration of a phones firmware illegal, which means the criminals will just carry on being criminals and not caring, and plenty of people being criminalised with no real criminal intent.
All because, and why this kind of lobbying takes place, the Police are saying that the rise in this crime isn't that they are not doing enough, just that it is the public's fault for not setting security on their phone.
The fact that there are some thieving barstewards with no respect for anything or anyone isn't really focused on.
Or this could be just me. Grumpiness increases with age. Or maybe tolerance decreases with age. No idea. In a few years I will be at the same IT level as a 6 year old, apparently. Maybe that is it. Understanding just decreases with age so I should leave Government policy with people who *know* better and just let the Government govern, the Police police - after all they know what they are doing, right?