Kill switches are reducing mobile theft

11 February 2015

Mobile_phone_holiday_beach_GUIDE_01 Thefts of smartphones are a real problem and Google and Apple have both extolled the virtues of kill switches on mobiles.

A new report suggests that kill switches are not only a good idea, but actually working as a deterrent as phone thefts in London have decreased by 50% in London, since manufacturers began putting these kill switches in place. Over in San Francisco and New York, mobile theft has dropped by 40% and 25% respectively.

If you're not up to speed, kill switches allow a mobile to be deactivated remotely.

Apple have their 'activation lock' and 'delete phone' services while Google and Microsoft have been introducing kill switches into their phones. Samsung are also on-board with the idea.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has been putting pressure on manufacturers of phones to have kill switches in all new handsets, while California is in the middle of implementing laws which means all phones will have to have a kill switch option.

"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," said San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon.

TOPICS:   Technology   Mobile

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