According to very fresh crime reports, the Apple Kill Switch function did its job spectacularly, as it cut off iPhone stealing and robberies in a very impressive manner.
The logic is plain, simple and brilliant: render the phone completely useless to a robber, and the thieves will learn not to go near your phone again. This means they won’t get near yourself too, which, in turn, may actually save your life.
However, the underground world took notice of these matters and started stealing other brand phones which were not provided with a kill switch function.
In New York City, robberies of Apple products fell 19 percent while grand larcenies dropped 29 percent in the first five months of 2014 compared with a year earlier, according to the report. Robberies and grand larcenies involving a Samsung smartphone, which didn’t have a kill switch during much of that time, rose more than 40 percent.
In San Francisco, iPhone robberies declined 38 percent, while robberies of Samsung devices increased 12 percent.
In London, Apple thefts declined 24 percent, while Samsung thefts increased 3 percent.
If you are a Samsung user, you know that your brand of choice introduced the Kill Switch function to its phones starting April. So what is there left to steal? Well, you have a lot of Android – powered phones which are not made by Samsung, as well as you have plenty of Windows Phone – powered handsets that still need protection.
While Samsung, Apple, Google and Microsoft are still fighting each other for market share supremacy, they are still concerned with the greater good of mankind. Both Google and Microsoft pledged their commitment to introduce the Kill Switch function to their operating systems in the nearest future.
According to the press reports and official statements, this initiative is getting shape and becoming very powerful.
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, also part of the initiative, said that the statistics prove that a technological solution to prevent theft was possible. He called for legislation “at all levels” to make anti-theft solutions mandatory.
“Compared to all of the cool things smartphones can do these days, this is not that advanced,” Gascon said. “I believe ending the victimization of millions of Americans is the coolest thing a smartphone can do.”
We have to agree, deterring phone theft can limit criminality to an important extent. It is salutary to see tech giants shaking hands and trying to keep our streets clean and our lives safer.