Smartphone Kill Switches Result in 50% Decrease in Theft in London
Did you know that in London alone, over 300 phones were stolen each year until the last year? A research was held by the Home Office where a detailed analysis was discussed, in 2013 around 742,000 mobile phones were stolen in the United Kingdom and out of those, 100,000 were in London alone!
This is such an alarming number that anyone would want immediate measures to be taken against it. That is exactly what the government did last year. People who have stayed in touch with the news would remember how the government officials pushed forward the need for “kill switches” in all the mobile phones.
Trust me, the idea really worked! I mean what good will a phone be to the thief if the owner can simply turn it into a brick as soon as it stolen?
According to new details provided by the mayor’s office, the smartphone kill switches have resulted in a 50 percent decrease in the number of phones that are stolen in London – this is a big news!
London Mayor Boris Johnson expressed his satisfaction with the results that have been achieved after the implementation of the functionality in many of the mobile phones by saying that they “have made real progress in tackling the smartphone theft epidemic that was affecting many major cities just two years ago.”
The campaign to push forward smartphone kill switches was not let by the mayor of London alone, senior politicians of San Francisco and New York also helped put pressure on the mobile companies. While results in these two cities were not as great as they were in London, the still saw a 40 percent and 25 percent decrease in smartphone theft respectively.
I would certainly agree with San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon who believes that the advancements of technology are great but the best thing to do would be to safeguard the customers against loss:
“The wireless industry continues to roll out sophisticated new features, but preventing their own customers from being the target of a violent crime is the coolest technology they can bring to market.”
As far as the mobile manufacturing companies are concerned, all the major names are already on board like Apple, Samsung and Google. Here’s to hoping that the smartphone kill switches feature gets recognized as a global necessity.