Activation Lock Decreases iPhone Theft by 25% in New York, 40% in San Francisco, 50% in London

Activation Lock Decreases iPhone Theft by 25% in New York, 40% in San Francisco, 50% in London

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The new Activation Lock feature introduced in iOS 7 has decreased iPhone theft by 25% in New York, 40% in San Francisco, and 50% in London, reports Reuters.

The number of stolen iPhones dropped by 40 percent in San Francisco and 25 percent in New York in the 12 months after Apple Inc added a kill switch to its devices in September 2013. In London, smartphone theft dropped by half, according to an announcement by officials in the three cities.

"We have made real progress in tackling the smartphone theft epidemic that was affecting many major cities just two years ago," said London Mayor Boris Johnson.

“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,” San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said.

A law mandating kill switches has yet to go into effect in California where smartphone theft accounts for more than half of all crimes in San Francisco, Oakland and other cities. Apple, Samsung and Google have already implemented kill switches on their smartphones, and Microsoft is expected to update their mobile operating system with one this year. Officials are urging manufacturers to enable the feature by default like Apple does rather than making it optional.

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Activation Lock Decreases iPhone Theft by 25% in New York, 40% in San Francisco, 50% in London
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Bigjiba - February 12, 2015 at 11:15am
I'm curious how the asian countries are. I know In china , people still try to sell me iPhones on the street. These are xinjiangren a minority group that looks like an asian mix. They are the thieves of china. Guys are legally allowed to carry knives. Ladies if pregnant with a baby will be not held in jail. So it's easy to spot them. They still still iPhones regardless. I never buy from them. You kill the demand you kill the stealing. People who buy stolen goods at some level are responsible. Also another story. The electronic mall in china has the ability to go around the iCloud lock on an iPad. It costs 100usd equivalent. A part is replaced and the 3G will be lost. Just an fyi that the lock isn't foolproof.
Free Xinjiang Movement - February 13, 2015 at 6:18am
China is the thief!!! They have taken away the land from the minorities and claimed it as their own.
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