Smartphone theft has reduced significantly since “kill switch”
Thanks to Apple’s kill switch, smartphone theft in the US and the United Kingdom has reduced drastically in the past few years, according to a new study.
The kill switch is a feature that let’s you render your stolen phone useless by going through some verification online. It seems that most robbers do not want to get phones which will be left broken after a short period of time.
In London, UK, theft of smartphones dropped by 50% since Apple introduced kill switch to their devices in September 2013. Mayor Boris Johnson was more than happy to how things have panned out over that period of time. “We have made real progress in tackling the smartphone theft epidemic that was affecting many major cities just two years ago,” the Mayor said.
In the United States of America, authorities say that theft of iPhones dropped by 25 percent on New York and jumped down by a whooping 45 % in San Francisco. However, in the state of California, the drop hasn’t been much since the government there hasn’t approved the law over there.
George Gascon, a San Francisco District Attorney arguing for the kill switch to be passed into law narrated, “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.”