Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio pushes for smartphone kill switch to curb thefts

Mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio is joining the fight to curb smartphone thefts. The Democrat pushed manufacturers in a press conference Monday for a kill

The Democrat sent a letter to cell phone executives urging them to implement the security feature.

The Democrat sent a letter to cell phone executives urging them to implement the security feature. (10/22/13)

BROOKLYN - Mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio is joining the fight to curb smartphone thefts.

The Democrat pushed manufacturers in a press conference Monday for a kill switch that would render stolen phones permanently disabled and inoperable.

De Blasio says that the city has seen a surge in mobile device thefts, with an increase of 40 percent for Apple products alone.

He also sent a letter to executives at Apple, Samsung, Motorola and Microsoft urging them to implement the security feature. 

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