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May 19, 2014

Calls grow louder for ‘kill switches’ to deter smartphone theft

The theft of smartphones is on the rise and can even result in death, such as when a thief shot and killed 23-year-old Megan Boken in 2012 in St. Louis. Public safety advocates want the industry to install default functions to shut down or “kill” stolen devices, eliminating the incentive for thieves.

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