Smartphone Theft Jumped 94 Percent in One Year, Consumer Reports Says

Categories: Law & Order, Tech

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for muniphone.jpg
The next potential target.
After two years of hammering statistics, badgering telecom companies, and decrying the rise of smartphone theft in San Francisco, District Attorney George Gascon says he's been vindicated.

According to a Consumer Reports projection issued today, smartphone theft skyrocketed nationally, from 1.6 million robberies in 2012 to 3.1 million in 2013. That's a flabbergasting 94 percent uptick.

The news follows yesterday's press release battle between anti-theft crusaders and the CTIA, a trade group representing telecom companies. The CTIA opposes new legislation being enacted in four states to require all smartphone manufacturers to equip their products with anti-theft "kill-switches."

Phone companies argue that such security devices should be optional, rather than baked into every phone.

DA Gascon and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who both have kill-switch bills in the works, hailed today's consumer report news as corroborative evidence for their crusade.

"Today's report showing smartphone theft nearly doubling over the course of just one year is the latest reminder of the urgent need for the wireless industry to take action now and end this global epidemic," they wrote in a joint press statement.

Gascon and Schneiderman also warned that, even though smartphone theft is a crime of opportunity, many of these robberies end in violence -- even death.

My Voice Nation Help
aliasetc topcommenter

The phone company's bribe the lawmakers not to make laws to brick stolen phones like they do in Australia. In Australia the cellular companies will brick stolen phones making them useless. Our scumbag government who are bought and sold don't have balls to follow Australia's find example.

Now Trending

San Francisco Concert Tickets

From the Vault


©2014 SF Weekly, LP, All rights reserved.