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Stolen phones: how police and the wireless industry are protecting a popular target


Stolen smartphones are an epidemic, and both New York City and San Francisco have sworn to fight back. After NYC saw its crime rate increase for the first time in twenty years based on Apple device thefts — and San Francisco saw one too many citizens get hurt in muggings — city prosecutors embarked on an initative to curb the crime by convincing smartphone makers to offer a kill switch to remotely disable a phone. New York Citys annual crime rate is about to increase for the first time in 20 years, with city officials (and Mayor Michael Bloomberg) squarely laying the blame on a sharp jump in Apple-related thefts. In particular, police have seen a dramatic rise in thefts involving Apple hardware, which are up 3,890 year-over-year.

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MONDAY, MAY 21, 2018



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