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California Bill Would Require Smartphone Anti-Theft Devices

Wikimedia/Bratislav Valek

Wikimedia/Bratislav Valek

Most major California law enforcement agencies are reporting skyrocketing numbers of smartphone thefts. The bill’s author, State Senator Mark Leno, say in most cases, it’s the leading property crime.

“This is a marked shift in criminal behavior,” says Leno. “It’s recognizing that most of us are walking down the streets with very valulable electronic equipment on us.”

Leno says making the devices useless removes the incentive to steal them.

Major smartphone manufacturers have proposed adding anti-theft measures to their next generation devices.

But, major U.S. carriers have opposed kill switches because of concerns about their vulnerability to hackers.



Max Pringle

State Government Reporter

Max covers the state capital, bringing more than a decade of experience in print and public radio, including reporting for KPFA, KQED and KALW. He traces his news roots to working on his his high school newspaper.   Read Full Bio 

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