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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Smartphone Theft Halved Due to “Kill Switch”

Smartphone Theft Halved Due to “Kill Switch”

Smartphone Theft Halved Due to “Kill Switch”

Added: Thursday, February 26th, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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Thanks to “kill switches”, which allow the devices to be turned off remotely if they are stolen, smartphones thefts have dropped significantly in major American and British cities. According to statistics, the number of smartphones stolen halved in London and dropped 27% in San Francisco and 16% in New York last year.

Apple was first to add a kill switch to its iPhones in September 2013, and the thefts declined 40% in San Francisco and 25% in New York. Next year, Samsung added a similar function to some of its smartphones, and Google added a kill switch to its latest Android Lollipop mobile OS. Microsoft is also planning to add a kill switch to its phones in a few months.

London mayor admitted they had made real progress in fighting the smartphone theft epidemic that was affecting many large cities just a few years ago. In the meantime, a law mandating kill switches hasn’t come into effect in California yet, but phone theft in the state is declining as manufacturers have already started installing the software-based switches on the devices.

One should admit that technology preventing people from being the target of a violent crime is the greatest that the wireless industry can bring to market, even though it rolls out many other sophisticated features. It should be noted that California’s law, considered one of the strongest in the United States, received wide support from the local prosecutors and law enforcement agencies hoping to reduce smartphone thefts.

The statistics say that 1.6 million handheld devices were stolen in the country in 2012. As for California, half of smartphone thefts happened in San Francisco, Oakland and other cities. Looking at California, other states experiencing a high rate of smartphone thefts started to consider similar measures: for example, Minnesota has already passed theft-prevention legislation in 2014.

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Comments (10) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2015-02-26 14:22:07)
ciance avatar"...but phone theft in the state is decline in gas manufacturers have already started..." what the hell happened with this sentence? Whoever you are editing before posting online - you suck.

posted by (2015-02-26 16:06:05)
No avatarwithout knowing what is involved in the "kill switch" function. I cannot help but wonder if as part of app, it opened GPS and verified the phone location, which can then be sent to law enforcement, to either capture the thief and/or recover the device. I repeat, I don't know the full functioning of the kill switch. After all, if 10 phones go missing and send same location, would be an interesting place for police to visit,

posted by (2015-02-26 17:21:23)
No avatarWhy hasn't the "writer" of this article commented on the potential for abuse the kill switch can have. In the not too far future, the majority of users will rely solely on their mobile device to access the internet. Imagine widespread protests and the government can just flip the switch and effectively end all forms of online planning. I know this is a tin-hat argument, but we are just slowly setting ourselves up for this dystopian future all in the name of safety and crime prevention.

posted by ET junkiemen (2015-02-26 20:31:45)
kevibhoy67 avatarTotally agree with Destanious.

posted by (2015-02-27 04:56:18)
No avatarI double agree

posted by (2015-02-27 22:05:11)
No avatarI 1/2 agree !

posted by (2015-02-28 01:41:45)
No avatar@3 Criminals will still steal phones. Phones are slowly becoming integral to our lives. Pictures, personal information, contacts, etc etc. A kill switch that wipes the phone of all information is prone to abuse, but to not have it would be folly as well.

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2015-02-28 06:46:57)
teethors avatari agree with it, tnx for the share

posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverGirlSun (2015-02-28 20:02:32)
frostycarver avatarTo #1 there is NOTHING wrong with any of the sentences in that article.What ever your smokin I want some lol

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2015-03-01 00:18:47)
fusseltier avatarjust beware of anyone named Dr. Raymond Cocteau so we don't end up like they did in san angeles...
did anybody ever figure out how the 3 seashells work?

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