iPhone Activation Lock Feature in iOS 7 Reducing iPhone Theft in New York, London and San Francisco


According to The New York Times, Eric Schneiderman, New York Attorney General, announced that Apple’s Activation Lock Feature in iOS 7 has helped to reduce iPhone-related theft in New York, London and San Francisco. The report says that there has been “significant” reduction of iPhone-related theft.

The percentage reduction in iPhone related theft came down to 38 percent in San Francisco, with London experiencing a 24 percent decline. At the same time, the New York Police Department commented that iPhone robberies slumped to 19 percent, while grand thefts including the device dropped to 29 percent in the first five months of 2014 in comparison to the same time period last year.

“The introduction of kill switches has clearly had an effect on the conduct of smartphone thieves,” Mr. Schneiderman said in an interview. “If these can be canceled like the equivalent of canceling a credit card, these are going to be the equivalent of stealing a paperweight.”