LEWIS W. DIUGUID

More must be done to cut down on smartphone theft

Updated: 2013-05-14T23:27:15Z

By LEWIS W. DIUGUID

The Kansas City Star

“Apple picking” has taken on a 21st century meaning because of a growing trend of smartphone theft.

New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is right to ask manufacturers of smartphones to do more to protect consumers from being victimized by thieves. Other states attorney generals should get in on that call.

Often smartphone users are talking or texting and are totally distracted, making them easy targets for violent street crimes.

According to Schneiderman’s office, between January and September of last year, 11,447 smartphones were reported taken, an increase of 3,280 from 2011, Metro.us reports.

Schneiderman sent letters to executives at Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and Google asking about security steps that the companies take to protect customers while offering to work with the manufacturers to do more to keep thieves at bay.

The goal is to dry up the aftermarket for those very expensive gadgets.

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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