SUNSET PARK - State officials are mulling a plan to stem the tide of rising smartphone thefts in Brooklyn.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he has sent letters to top executives at Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung to encourage the creation of device-specific security measures. Ideas range from the inclusion of a tracking device or the use of software that makes it difficult to reactivate a stolen phone.

Colloquially known as "Apple picking," the crime has landed some people in jail and led to violent altercations on the street.