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iPhone and Android Smartphone ‘Kill Switches’ Cut Thefts in Half

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, discusses the new iPhone 6, center, and iPhone 6 plus, right, on Tuesday (AP Photo)
Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, discusses the new iPhone 6, center, and iPhone 6 plus, right. (AP Photo)

 

(The Independent) – Stealing of smartphones has plunged after manufacturers added features that can allow them to be locked remotely.

The number of stolen iPhones dropped by half in the 12 months after Apple added a feature that allows users to shut down devices remotely, making them useless to those that have stolen them. Thefts also fell by 40 per cent in San Francisco and 25 per cent in New York, according to a new report by Reuters.

The news was hailed as a personal success by politicians including Boris Johnson, who along with other pressure groups have campaigned to have kill switches made necessary under law.

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