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Smartphone Theft

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

People check out Samsung's new Galaxy S4 during its unveiling on March 14, 2013 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.  The slim, feature-rich Galaxy S4 was introduced as Samsung's  new champion in the fiercely competitive smartphone arena, scheduled to roll out in 155 countries in late April.     (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

California Lawmakers Urge Adoption Of Smartphone ‘Kill Switch’ Legislation

A growing epidemic of smartphone thefts prompted state lawmakers to announce Friday new legislation that would require the devices to come equipped with an anti-theft deterrent known as a “kill switch.”

02/07/2014

A Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Smartphone ‘Kill Switch’ Bill Heads To State Legislature

Two state officials have announced plans to introduce legislation requiring smartphones to have a “kill switch” that would render stolen or lost devices inoperable.

12/19/2013

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