Feb 12, 2015

Have kill switches on mobile devices proven effective in reducing theft?

There was a lot of opposition from carriers and manufacturers to installing “kill switches” on mobile phones to make theft less attractive. Now that there has been some time since, even though the laws mandating it haven’t taken effect, both Google and Apple have implemented kill switches. Has this had a measurable impact, or has it been a waste of time?
According to Businessweek, when they looked at iPhone theft in 3 major cities since Apple implemented a kill switch, there was a significant decrease in theft:

"The number of stolen iPhones dropped by 40 percent in San Francisco and 25 percent in New York in the 12 months after Apple added a kill switch to its devices in September 2013. In London, smartphone theft dropped by half, according to an announcement by officials in the three cities."

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