Would ‘Kill Switches’ On Your Phone Reduce Theft?

iphone_sxswIn San Francisco, we have seen a real increase in iPhone and other mobile theft. As a result, law enforcement and others are looking at ways to deter these often dangerous crimes. From Huffington Post:

The top prosecutor in San Francisco wants Apple to design a “kill switch” for iPhones that would render devices useless after they are stolen.

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said he pressed an Apple representative last week to embed such technology in every iPhone to diminish the product’s value on the thriving black market for stolen mobile devices.

Gascon described the meeting as “very underwhelming,” and said he now wants to meet with Apple chief executive Tim Cook to discuss development of an iPhone “kill switch.”

“Given how nimble our technology companies are and how they can develop so many new features, I strongly believe that is a very doable thing,” Gascon said in an interview with The Huffington Post.

An Apple spokesman did not return a request for comment.

Castro Community on Patrol endorses the District Attorney’s position on deterring as many of these crimes as possible. We urge everyone to minimize use of iPhones on city streets and public transportation – especially at times where few people might be around.

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