Smartphones have become a part of our everyday lives. It is estimated that over half of the US population owns a smart phone which creates an environment ripe for violent street crimes.
According to Consumer Reports, 1.6 million Americans were victims of Smartphone theft last year. Here in San Francisco, almost half of our robberies involve a stolen mobile communication device.
Unlike other types of crimes, this wave of smartphone theft can be fixed through a technological solution. Such a solution would render phones inoperable if reported stolen removing the incentive for would be thieves.
That is why New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and George Gascón, San Francisco District Attorney launched the "Secure Our Smartphones (S.O.S)" Initiative today. We are co-chairing this national coalition of State Attorney Generals, State Leaders, District Attorneys, major city Police Chiefs, state and city Comptrollers, public safety, public safety activists, and consumer advocates to encourage the cell phone industry to adopt technologies that deter smartphone theft.
The cell phone industry has an unprecedented opportunity to exercise corporate responsibility to help deter crime. But they must hear from you - their consumers.
Please take a moment to sign our petition asking the cell phone manufacturers and carriers to put public safety before corporate profits.