New push for smartphone makers to add kill switches to thwart thieves

The kill switch would deactivate the phone if it was stolen.

The kill switch would deactivate the phone if it was stolen. (3/4/14)

MANHATTAN - Lawmakers are proposing adding "kill switches" to smartphones to help curb the rising number of smartphone thefts in New York City.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says a kill switch would allow a user to deactivate their phone and remove all its data remotely if it's stolen, similar to how credit cards are canceled when stolen.

Joining Schneiderman at the press conference was NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, who endorses the idea and says he'll be deploying more officers to help cut down on smartphone thefts.

Rep. Jose Serrano (D-The Bronx) has already introduced a similar bill in the U.S. House. Serrano says not only are people injured and killed in smartphone robberies, but says the thefts cost consumers around $30 billion annually.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Senior Samuel Langshteyn received a cochlear implant when 1 Best of Brooklyn: Hearing-impaired student performs in play
At least six people have been arrested and 2 Six arrested, 4 more sought in Coney Island gang assault video
VIDEO: News conference on annual Denim Day 3 VIDEO: News conference on annual Denim Day
News 12 viewers took to Facebook to discuss 4 The Buzz: 8-year-old wanders out of charter school, found walking along train tracks
Funeral today for FDNY firefighter William Tolley from 5 Funeral set for FDNY firefighter killed in the line of duty

advertisement | advertise on News 12


Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.