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Cellphone theft

A San Francisco Police officer riding on a Muni Metro train. (CBS)

Crime Down On San Francisco’s Muni, Cellphone Theft Down 77 Percent

Riding on Muni may be safer than ever before. A new report shows crime on the transit system has gone down 30 percent since October, and cellphone thefts are down more than 70 percent.

05/12/2014

Samsung Presents New Products

San Francisco DA Gascon Welcomes Wireless Industry’s Commitment To Smartphone ‘Kill Switch’

A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that that nation’s biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.

04/15/2014

Surveillance video shows a group of thieves stealing a woman’s iPhone on a San Francisco Muni bus. (CBS)

Carriers Reject San Francisco DA’s Push For Stolen Phone ‘Kill Switch’

District Attorney George Gascon said Monday that AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless, United States Cellular Corp., Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. rebuffed Samsung’s proposal to preload its phones with Absolute LoJack anti-theft software as a standard feature.

11/19/2013

Surveillance video shows a group of thieves stealing a woman’s iPhone on a San Francisco Muni bus. (CBS)

San Francisco Muni Launches Campaign To Curb Gadget Theft

More San Francisco police officers have been assigned to Muni buses and trains, in an effort to stop the increasing number of robberies and thefts of riders’ electronic devices.

11/07/2013

Apple Introduces New Two New iPhone Models At Product Launch

San Francisco DA Urges Use Of iPhone Anti-Theft System In iOS 7

Top prosecutors in San Francisco and New York and the mayor of London are urging iPhone users to download Apple’s new iOS 7 operating system that includes a feature they believe might curb a rash of thefts.

09/18/2013

Surveillance video on a San Francisco Muni bus. (CBS)

2 Out Of 3 San Francisco Robberies Involve Cellphones

Chief Greg Suhr said two out of every three robberies that occur in San Francisco involve a cellphone. For the first time he can remember, Suhr said his department is arresting more people for robbery than narcotics.

08/22/2013

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)

London Mayor Joins San Francisco, NYC In Smartphone Theft Fight

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.

08/07/2013

An Apple iPhone 5. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Security Experts In San Francisco To Test Phone Anti-Theft Locks

The top prosecutors in San Francisco and New York say they are bringing in state and federal security experts to test the newest anti-theft features designed to thwart the surge of stolen smartphones nationwide.

07/18/2013

Surveillance video on a San Francisco Muni bus. (CBS)

SF’s Gascon Urges Smartphone Makers To Curb Thefts, Add ‘Kill Switch’

Law enforcement officials nationwide, including San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, are demanding the creation of a “kill switch” that would render smartphones inoperable after they are stolen.

06/13/2013

Apple's Craig Federighi, Vice President of Software Engineering, introduces iOS7 at a keynote address during the 2013 Apple WWDC at the Moscone Center on June 10, 2013 in San Francisco. (Photo by Kim White/Getty Images)

SFPD Hails New Anti-Theft Feature For iPhone, Gascon Reserves Judgment

The San Francisco Police Department is hailing a decision by Apple to add a new feature making it harder to reactivate a stolen iPhone.

06/10/2013

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