Report: iPhone Theft Down After Apple Releases Kill Switch

By Joe Gullo

Published 06/19 2014 11:41AM

Updated 06/19 2014 11:48AM

ALBANY, N.Y.- A report from the New York Attorney General's Office found that thefts fell drastically following Apple's introduction of a kill switch. A kill switch allows users to remotely deactivate their stolen devices.

A press release says that after Apple added a kill switch to iOS 7, robberies and grand larcenies dropped. At the same time, violent crimes against people carrying phones without a kill switch surged.

Google and Microsoft announced Thursday that they will include a smartphone kill switch in their next operating systems.

The report is part of Secure Our Smartphone Initiative, an international partnership of law-enforcement agencies, elected officials, and consumer advocates. 

“The commitments of Google and Microsoft are giant steps toward consumer safety and the statistics released today illustrate the stunning effectiveness of kill switches,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “In just one year, the Secure Our Smartphones Initiative has made tremendous strides towards curtailing the alarming trend of violent smartphone theft. We will continue the fight to ensure that companies put consumers’ safety first and work toward ending the epidemic of smartphone theft. ”

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