New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, recently announced that Apple’s Activation Lock feature in iOS 7 has led to a “significant” reduction of iPhone-related theft in New York, London and San Francisco. Measuring crime after Apple introduced Activation Lock alongside iOS 7 last Fall, police officers in San Francisco said that iPhone robberies in the city fell 38%, with London experiencing a 24% drop. Meanwhile, the New York Police Department said that iPhone robberies dropped 19% while grand larcenies including the device dropped 29% in the first five months of 2014 compared to the same time period last year. Mr. Schneiderman said the following in an interview:
The introduction of kill switches has clearly had an effect on the conduct of smartphone thieves. If these can be canceled like the equivalent of canceling a credit card, these are going to be the equivalent of stealing a paperweight.
The Cupertino California company also entered a voluntary agreement with a number of other smartphone makers in April to include anti-theft technology on all smartphones going on sale after July 2015. Under the agreement, every phone sold would have capabilities allowing users to remotely wipe data and to prevent reactivation without the owner’s permission. It’s likely that Apple’s Activation Lock and Find My iPhone features already satisfy the requirements of the agreement.
Source: The New York Times