Half of all robberies in San Francisco in 2012 involved the theft of a cell phone or other mobile device, according to a recent article in the Press-Democrat. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, thefts of cell phones have risen 30 percent in the past two years.
Nevertheless, the California legislature recently refused to consider a bill mandating a “kill switch” on stolen mobile devices. The bill, Senate Bill 962, was voted down 19-17 recently.
The “kill switch” technology allows the owner of a cell phone, tablet, or other device to “lock” it remotely, preventing anyone else from accessing or using the device. These kill switch options are already available on many mobile devices, and some companies offer the option to consumers who wish to purchase it.