iOS 7's Activation Lock Feature Has Helped Reduce iPhone Theft in Some Cities

iOS 7's Activation Lock Feature Has Helped Reduce iPhone Theft in Some Cities

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iPhone theft has been rising for years now; however, police in New York, San Francisco and London say that they're finally starting to see a dip in thefts of the popular smartphone. Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman believes the decline in iPhone theft is thanks to Apple's Activation Lock feature that debuted with iOS 7 last September.

Police officers in San Francisco and London say that after Apple introduced its measure, called Activation Lock, last fall, iPhone theft fell significantly. Comparing data in the six months before and after Apple released the feature, the police said iPhone robberies in San Francisco dropped 38 percent, and those in London fell 24 percent.

The police in New York said that robberies involving Apple products dropped 19 percent and those involving grand larcenies dropped 29 percent in the first five months of 2014, compared with the same time period from 2013.


“The introduction of kill switches has clearly had an effect on the conduct of smartphone thieves,” Mr. Schneiderman said in an interview. “If these can be canceled like the equivalent of canceling a credit card, these are going to be the equivalent of stealing a paperweight.”

Other factors have contributed to the decline as well, such as companies educating customers on adding passcodes to devices to prevent them from being erased and resold. Back in April, Apple along with other tech companies committed CTIA's smartphone Anti-Theft efforts.

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iOS 7's Activation Lock Feature Has Helped Reduce iPhone Theft in Some Cities
Scamdroidtrollkiller - June 21, 2014 at 1:36pm
It is wonderful to see all you trolls display your ignorance about Apple products . Yes you can shut it off and lose the ability to track a iOS device but I for one don't want anyone to be able to remotely turn on my phone , do you? The device is rendered useless if activation locked and put in lost mode . That is the point of the article. Keep on trolling all you buggy software , extra battery carrying fools. Ahhhhhaaaaaaaa , now somebody get me a freaking shark with a laser beam on his head .
justsayin - June 21, 2014 at 6:08am
If jailbroken, there's an app called findmydevice that actually requires a password to shut the phone off. And, I found out accidentally, if you take the sim out, you cannot power it off. It gives you a no si, ,essage, and restarts.
zed - June 19, 2014 at 6:50pm
lies damn lies and bu sh stats this icrap o you have no security with a phone it just makes you a Target of mass marking everything is tracked by the bigger the crooks your local governments
zed=fed up - June 19, 2014 at 7:12pm
You're a lie joke and gimmick your iRants make you wish that. Did you bother watching the 5s security or better yet wait for it to happen long enough, or maybe you just don't see it.
Yourmom - June 19, 2014 at 11:04pm
Android is the one that gives all your info to anyone. Even third party photo apps look at all your things.
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