Schneiderman, London Mayor Johnson, D.A. Gascón welcome dramatic drop in smartphone thefts following introduction of ‘kill switch’

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Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, London Mayor Boris Johnson and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón have released new crime data showing smartphone thefts and robberies declined dramatically in New York City, London and San Francisco since the wireless industry began to implement “kill switches” on their devices. Schneiderman, Johnson and Gascón co-chair the “Secure Our Smartphones” initiative, an international partnership of law-enforcement agencies, elected officials and consumer advocates that was formed in June of 2013 to find solutions to the violent crime wave of smartphone thefts. The S.O.S. called on the smartphone industry to adopt kill switch technology as a theft deterrent. The crime data released demonstrates the strategy of putting pressure on private industry to implement existing technology that removes incentives to steal a smartphone is working to reduce crime and protect wireless consumers. After S.O.S. called on the industry to adopt a kill switch, Apple introduced “Activation Lock” in September 2013. While initially an opt-in solution, there has been a steady downward trend in thefts targeting smartphones since the implementation of this technology. From January 2013 to December 2014, New York City’s Police Department recorded a 16 percent overall drop in cell phone robberies, including a 25 […]

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