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Old 05-13-2013, 09:01 AM
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Nabbing electronic devices isn't new, but lately it is growing fast, and plenty of the crimes are violent.

http://goo.gl/XdIcS

Top 10 cities where phones are most likely to be stolen or lost:
Top 10 Cities for Stolen Cell Phones - FindLaw Blotter

The wireless industry is moving to adopt a national registry system that would deny service to such devices, and to reduce the value of stolen devices. However no system will end electronic device theft, of course. And people should be cautious when using theirs in public.
So, remember: always keep your smartphones…out of sight!
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:54 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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I would think it would be a simple matter for the carriers to create an app that would act as a remote "kill switch", that would render a smart phone completely dead.

I'm not talking about the ones out now that will let you wipe our phone's data clean. The thieves can still just sell the thing as a wiped device for someone else to program and use as they want. I'm talking about a literal kill switch that would render the electronics of the phone nonfunctional - it wouldn't even be able to power up, etc. That way if you have your phone stolen, you can get on someone else's phone and "kill" your stolen phone, or call your carrier who could do it remotely from their end.

You can sell electronically dead devices. If there is no market for them, then theft will decrease.

The catch: Cell carriers and manufacturers actually make money off of you when your phone is stolen. You have to go back and buy a new phone, and even if you have insurance, have to pay a deductible to get a refurbished replacement. Your loss is their gain, hence, the reason they're in no rush to help us out here (unless we get a lot more vocal about it).
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