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London Mayor Joins San Francisco, NYC In Smartphone Theft Fight

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The new iPhone 5 is displayed during an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on September 12, 2012 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The new iPhone 5 is displayed during an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on September 12, 2012 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — The top prosecutors in San Francisco and New York said that the mayor of London is joining their effort to stop the surge of stolen smartphones.

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will announce on Wednesday that London Mayor Boris Johnson will serve as an international representative for its “Secure Our Smartphones” initiative.

The lawmakers are urging the leading smartphone manufacturers to create a “kill switch” to render stolen smartphones inoperable.

Johnson has written to similar companies urging them to combat smartphone thefts and plans to meet them in September.

Gascon and Schneiderman met in June with smartphone representatives in New York City.

Last month, the prosecutors brought in security experts to San Francisco to test Apple’s and Samsung’s newest anti-theft features.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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