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Smartphone Theft

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Calling all thieves; you might need to pick a different target.

According to various law enforcement agencies the number of reported smartphone thefts is dropping in some of the world’s biggest cities. That includes San Francisco, New York and London. When Apple first released the iPhone people couldn’t wait to get their hands on it; legally or otherwise. And each future model has fallen victim to the same fate. Now the trend is starting to reverse.

Last year the number of stolen iPhones dropped 40% in San Francisco and 25% in New York. In London smartphones thefts have dropped in half. The cities attribute much of the decline to the introduction of kill switches on the handset. A kill switch is a safety feature that will shut off the device in an emergency situation.  read more »

Find Your Phone

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There's an app for everything; but some of them might connect you with trouble.

The “find my iPhone app” allows you to track down your lifeline after you've left it behind or someone stole it. But now police are warning iPhone users to use it with caution because in some cases they're storming after stone cold criminals.

Police say people have tracked down their phones and then gone to the location completely unprepared. In some cases they have ended up in fights or in police custody after going after the wrong person. Police say your cell phone isn't worth your life. They say if you track down your phone and the person who stole it give them a call. They have Tasers, back-up and if necessary a gun to handle dangerous situations.  read more »