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Smartphone Theft

Smartphone Theft Plummets In Major Cities Thanks To 'Kill Switches'

Reuters | By Sharon Bernstein | Posted 02.11.2015 | Technology

Thefts involving smartphones have declined dramatically in three major cities since manufacturers began implementing "kill switches."

The Right Way to Be Tough and Smart on Crime

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 09.09.2014 | New York
Eric T. Schneiderman

In the last three years, crime has decreased across the board in New York. Murder and burglary are down by double digits. At the same time, the state's prison population has declined 4 percent.

Gerry Smith

Fewer iPhones Are Being Stolen. Here's Why | Gerry Smith | Posted 06.23.2014 | Technology

The kill switch is working. That was the message Thursday from law enforcement officials who said new statistics show iPhone thefts have declined s...

Gerry Smith

States Pass Smartphone 'Kill Switch' Bills That Wireless Companies Hate | Gerry Smith | Posted 05.11.2014 | Technology

NEW YORK -- California and Minnesota took steps on Thursday toward becoming the first states in the country to pass laws requiring smartphones to feat...

Gerry Smith

Smartphone Industry Promises 'Kill Switch' To Reduce Thefts | Gerry Smith | Posted 04.16.2014 | Technology

After months of resisting the idea, the smartphone industry says it is ready to introduce new anti-theft technology that could reduce the rising numbe...

Gerry Smith

Consumers Save $2.5 Billion A Year If A 'Kill Switch' Stops Phone Thefts, Study Finds | Gerry Smith | Posted 03.31.2014 | Technology

Consumers could save an estimated $2.5 billion each year if proposed "kill switch" technology significantly reduced smartphone thefts nationwide, acco...

Gerry Smith

'Left To Die ... All For The Sake Of A Mobile Phone' | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

In South Africa, Chris Preece was hacked with a machete. In the United States, Megan Boken was shot twice in the chest and neck. In England, Keith Soo...

Another Major City May Back Support For Smartphone 'Kill Switch'

Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago

CITY HALL — A proposed City Council resolution would call on the federal government to support a smartphone "kill switch" in order to deter thefts. ...

Will Your Smartphone Soon Be Safer?

AP | TERRY COLLINS | Posted 08.05.2013 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — Top law enforcement officials from San Francisco and New York plan to meet with some of the nation's largest smartphone makers n...

Local Couple Made HOW Much From Stolen Smartphones?

AP | Posted 05.13.2013 | San Francisco

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California couple were arraigned Tuesday on charges they collected hundreds of stolen smartphones from across the nation,...

Jason Gilbert

Alleged iPhone Thief Photographs Herself Using Stolen Phone | Jason Gilbert | Posted 12.11.2012 | Technology

Do you know this woman? Police in Sussex, England -- and one miffed former iPhone owner -- are hunting for her, after she apparently stole an i...

Smartphone Losses Rampant In This City

The Huffington Post | Jason Gilbert | Posted 11.08.2012 | Technology

If you're in West Philadelphia (born and raised) and see a couple of guys that are up to no good, be careful: They might be after your smartphone. ...

Senior Citizen Violently Mugged In Isham Park By Two Men Stealing His iPhone

DNAinfo | Posted 09.28.2012 | New York

INWOOD — Police are searching for two suspects who assaulted a senior citizen while stealing his iPhone in Isham Park Wednesday night. The 65-yea...