In major US cities, 30% to 40% of thefts involve mobile phones, according to the Federal Communications Commission. In some cities, the percentage is higher: In New York, it's over 40%, and in San Francisco, the figure is about 50%.
To help keep smartphone owners safe -- because some thefts have resulted in the injury or death of the victim -- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon are backing a Samsung proposal for an opt-out kill switch.
Samsung wants to include the Absolute LoJack software on all its phones so they can be rendered inoperable from afar. It ships the code as firmware in its Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Tab 3, so the security program can survive a factory reset.
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