Mobes no longer worth stealing, San Francisco DA declares

Smartphone thefts have declined by 50 per cent in San Francisco since 2013, and by 22 per cent since last year, a decline that District Attorney George Gascón attributes to the Smartphone Theft Prevention Act.

The law, SB 962, signed by California Governor Jerry Brown in 2014 and implemented in 2015, requires smartphone manufacturers to make a kill switch – software or hardware that can render the mobile device inoperable when activated – available to device owners.

It was proposed because thieves became rather fond of stealing smartphones, which isn't all that surprising considering that smartphones typically retail for several hundred dollars.

In 2012, according to Consumer Reports, 1.6 million smartphones were stolen in the US.

In 2013, that figure reached 3.1 million, an increase of 94 per cent.

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