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  • Activation Lock Feature Helps to Reduce iPhone Theft in Three Major Cities


    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.
    Apple’s Activation Lock feature, which prevents stolen phones from being reactivated without an iCloud password, has received praise from various groups since its inclusion in iOS 7. For those of you who didn’t know, Schneiderman, along with San Francisco attorney George Gascón spearheaded smartphone anti-theft efforts last year and called Apple’s Activation Lock the “world’s first attempt to implement a technological solution to the global smartphone theft epidemic.”

    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
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Activation Lock Feature Helps to Reduce iPhone Theft in Three Major Cities started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. sabrefresco's Avatar
      sabrefresco -
      Doesn't the iCloud bypass make this feature pointless?
    1. iRepairIndy's Avatar
      iRepairIndy -
      Quote Originally Posted by sabrefresco View Post
      Doesn't the iCloud bypass make this feature pointless?
      What iCloud bypass?
    1. samiOS's Avatar
      samiOS -
      Quote Originally Posted by sabrefresco View Post
      Doesn't the iCloud bypass make this feature pointless?
      It also makes your iPhone useless by turning it into iPod. ( no carrier )
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      Quote Originally Posted by sabrefresco View Post
      Doesn't the iCloud bypass make this feature pointless?
      No.
    1. XweAponX's Avatar
      XweAponX -
      Quote Originally Posted by sabrefresco View Post
      Doesn't the iCloud bypass make this feature pointless?
      Last I heard, the bypass server has been shut down.
    1. mavisxp's Avatar
      mavisxp -
      So this feature has only helped reduce iPhone theft in three cities? Not four, or five (or more)?
    1. kalpesh78's Avatar
      kalpesh78 -
      @mavisxp... These are initial reports. Thefts will continue till people figure that stealing a phone is pointless. patience.