A phone is maybe the easiest item that can be stolen by anyone in our times. People have become so attached to their smartphones that they don’t even know that they are there or not, that they are in the purse or in the pocket that they are in the car or left at home. Wait, that means it’s not with you, so its presence will be certainly felt. But in any other cases, the smartphones have become such a part of us that they can easily be robbed by lack of attention and care. However, the “kill switches” that manufacturers made possible and began to implement have helped a lot in this matter. With the help of the switch, the mobile phone can be turned off remotely if is happens to be stolen. A statement about this particular fact has been made Tuesday in Sacramento, California.
After Apple Inc added this feature for its customers, the percentages of stolen smartphones have dropped dramatically: 45 percent in San Francisco and 25 percent in New York. The implementing has begun in September 2013 and the biggest achievement has been recorded in London, where the stealing rate has been reduced to 50 percent.
London Mayor Boris Johnson proudly stated that:
“We have made real progress in tackling the smartphone theft epidemic that was affecting many major cities just two years ago.”
There were a lot of officials that argued for the laws mandating these kill switches, because it hasn’t been the easiest task to make them part of the marketplace. Some of them are Johnson, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
In California, the law mandating kill switches is not totally present yet, but the citizens that live here can use it because some of the companies that create the smartphones have already started installing the software-based switches on all devices that they possess. However, the law is strong in California and reducing the theft of mobile phones is an actual issue that has to be confronted. Attorney George Gascon has talked about this issue publicly.
“The wireless industry continues to roll out sophisticated new features, but preventing their own customers from being the target of a violent crime is the coolest technology they can bring to market.”
In addition, only in California the number of thefts of headsets represent half of all crimes in San Francisco, Oakland and other cities, so this is undoubtedly an urgent issue in need to be solved. Hopefully, the “kill switches” are soon welcomed into California too.
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