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

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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