Apple's Anti-theft Switches Have Dramatically Reduced IPhone Thefts

Posted: Jun 19 2014, 12:08pm CDT | by , in News | Apple

Apple's anti-theft switches have dramatically reduced iPhone thefts
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iPhone robberies fell by 24 percent and 38 percent in London and San Francisco respectively after six months of implementaiton

There seems to be a positive relationship between mobile sales and mobile thefts and it pretty much makes sense. Thanks to San Francisco and New York prosecutors George Gascón and Eric Schneiderman, the smartphone manufacturers have finally started to pay some heed to this rising problem which is becoming a source of concern for everyone. The rise in thefts is also keeping back people from purchasing expensive phones so if manufacturers don’t want their sales to drop or cause any inconvenience to their customers, they will have to figure out a way to deal with this.

Apple in particular had been pressurized a lot to take care of their phones and they finally implemented the ‘kill switch’. The New York Times says that the officers in London and San Francisco have claimed that there is a significant decrease in iPhone robberies after this implementation; 24 percent in London and 38% in San Francisco. And these impressive results were noted only within six months of the kill switch implementation.

Though the situation has improved quite a lot, thanks to the kill switch, yet the law enforcers are repeatedly telling phone manufacturers to increase the security features on their devices. US is going to be ahead with all phones sold in the country from July 2015 equipped with some sort of anti theft feature.

source: nytimes

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