Crime data show 'kill switch' cuts iPhone thefts

| Friday, June 20, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Statistics show Apple's addition of a “kill switch” to its iPhones in September has sharply reduced robberies and thefts, authorities said on Thursday.

Their report from a year-old initiative called “Secure Our Smartphones” said Google and Microsoft will incorporate a kill switch into the next version of their operating systems on smartphones. The three systems — Android, iOS and Windows Phone — are used in 97 percent of smartphones in the United States.

In New York City, robberies of Apple products fell 19 percent while grand larcenies dropped 29 percent in the first five months of 2014, compared with a year earlier, according to the report.

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