One of the most enjoyable aspects of owning one of the most popular Apple products, the iPhone, is being able to show it off to people. Having an iPhone is somewhat of a status symbol in today’s mobile world, and is considered one of the most coveted smartphones on the market today.
Unfortunately, this high degree of value comes with a downside: it is much more attractive to thieves than other models are. In fact, recent studies show that theft of iPhones alone in New York City accounted for 14 percent of all crimes!
This makes Apple’s decision to add a “kill switch” to all of their phones last September a most welcome addition for end users. The question now is, is it working? The answer to that is a resounding yes!
The aforementioned example, New York City, has announced that the introduction of the kill switch into iPhones is responsible for an approximate 19 percent decrease in the first five months of 2014, compared to a year earlier.. In addition, grand larcenies overall dropped by close to 30 percent, a stat directly attributed to the reduction in attraction that switched phones now garner.
Given how successful the new kill switch has been in deterring crime, more smartphone companies are following suit. Samsung, one of the leaders in Android-based smartphones, added a kill switch to their devices back in April. Microsoft and Google are also planning on releasing their own versions of the kill switch for their devices in the coming months.
Several bills are making their way through the legislative branches of the government, which would mandate the inclusion of kill switches in all new phones. Leading this fight are San Francisco District Attorney, George Gascon, and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Given the growing epidemic of stolen smartphones, these bills are expected to receive full bipartisan support.
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