May 14 2013, 5:02am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
The New York attorney general has made a plea before the four biggest suppliers of smart phones to the US. He wants them to somehow put an end to the theft of the devices as well as the concomitant black market the pilferage engenders in the process.
Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung supply nearly 100% of the smart phones in the United States as reported in Bloomberg. The recent rash of street crimes related to mobile theft has proven difficult to eradicate. Moreover, the thugs and thieves are after gadgets such as the iPhone 5 rather than any brand by Nokia. This has the consumers worried since such incidents as “Apple Picking” have been on the increase and not shown any signs of abatement.
According to the New York Police Department there were over 11,000 such thefts in the Big Apple in 2012 alone, a surplus of 3000 over the 2011 figures. This is indeed cause for concern. The attorney general asked for the cooperation and help of the big four multinationals in the eradication and elimination of mobile device pilfering. It was a new phenomenon that hadn’t existed a few years ago.
But now it was rampant and skyrocketing. The search for solutions that might include having the devices go dead upon theft was explored. Also any profits the companies may garner upon accidental theft by re-purchasing of devices by consumers were looked into too.
The attorney general spoke of how this was a crucial step in cracking down on the culprits. He said that the market in mobile devices was a multi-billion dollar industry that was thriving at present. Seeing the amounts of profits these companies were raking in, they had to show an equal level of responsibility in their attitude to mobile thefts. It was their job to prevent this mishap from happening or at least minimize it. He felt sure that collectively they could work things out. He even pointed out several incidents of violence related to iOS theft. This was a worrying statistic that had to be dealt with. If luxury proved to be a burden then the answer was not putting an end to luxury but rather prophylactic measures that prevented criminals from seizing the luxurious products.
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