iPhone Theft Continues to Drop in Three Major Cities Thanks to Activation Lock

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    Authorities from two major U.S. cities and London on Tuesday reported (via Reuters) that smartphone theft has dropped drastically since the release of remote-access "kill-switches" that allow users to lock their missing smartphone before any crucial information is stolen. Specifically, the number of stolen iPhones dropped 25 percent in New York, 40 percent in San Francisco, and 50 percent in London.

    The study was based on the 12 months following the launch of Activation Lock in September 2013 as part of iOS 7. These numbers have jumped up slightly from a similar report released last summer that saw iPhone thefts in each city fall by 19 percent, 38 percent, and 24 percent, respectively.

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    According to Reuters, officials from each of the three cities - London Mayor Boris Johnson, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, and New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman - were each lobbying for laws that required the implementation of remote kill switches into every smartphone sold.
    From data collected by the National Consumers League, Reuters reports that 1.6 million Americans reported stolen handheld devices in 2012. And in California alone - specifically San Francisco, Oakland, and a few other cities - smartphone theft accounts for more than half of all crimes perpetrated in each city.
    Apple's default Activation Lock feature received much praise following its launch in 2013. A few months later Apple and a few other notable smartphone makers, like Samsung and Google, entered into a voluntary agreement to have every smartphone sold on or after July 2015 come pre-installed with a kill-switch, a date that's rapidly approaching. California itself issued a law last August, designating a similar July 2015 date for every smartphone sold in the state to have the anti-theft software pre-installed.

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  2. EdgardasB macrumors 6502a

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    If iPhone displays wouldn't be so expensive, theft would drop more. For example in my country atm to replace iPhone 6 display cost about 250 euros.
     
  3. Amacfa macrumors 68000

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    If anything, it decreases its resale value enough that it deters theft.
     
  4. Zxxv macrumors 68040

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    or people are being more careful with their expensive iPhones
     
  5. Amacfa macrumors 68000

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    Or both
     
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    My sister's iPad Mini was stolen when her apartment was robbed. It was the Verizon LTE version. She kept it activated and the morons who stole it turned it on a couple of times over the next 2 months after it was stolen. Unfortunately for them she had already turned on iCloud lock and set it to notify her if the iPad comes back online. Screenshots with its exact location were sent straight to police. Arrests were made...
     
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    I think this is good news. I am always surprised to see folks that do not have a password to get into their phone (admittedly that is mostly pre-iphone 5s). Everyone I know with a 6 or 6+ has the password turned on. iCloud for find my phone is also great and that adoption seems to be fairly high. I know it helped me recover my phone when I accidently left it in a Car2Go. I was able to track it while talking to the company and even when the next driver claimed not to have it, my ability to track the phone convinced him to turn it in (and that was on the 5s).
     
  8. neuropsychguy macrumors 65816

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    If Apple gave iPhones away, theft would drop a lot. ;)
     
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    I have helped a few friends and family members replace damaged iPhones with used ones on Craigslist, there are a ton of them on there that say something to the effect of the activation lock being on. Sometimes they say they have no iCloud, it's always worded kind of vague, but at least in Memphis theft still seems pretty prevalent.
     
  10. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    Those sold with activation lock won't sell for much. Maybe thieves in Memphis are slow learners.

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    In the UK, Apple charges £86 for iPhone 6, and £106 for iPhone 6+, 5 and 5s. So maybe you should talk to Apple. £106 = €140 at the moment, but I didn't check prices on the continent.
     
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    If you remove the iphone, and short pins 2 and 3, you can clear out the activation lock. Google on how to do it. Someone discovered it like 2 weeks ago. Its not easy as the pins on the chip are really really close together and you can short out the entire chip.
     
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    Thanks. Now I'm picturing this highly efficient chop shop for mobile devices. Desks littered with boxes of otters that once made people feel safer.
     
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    Yes, indeed they must be, but they are asking prices inline with what legitimate sellers are selling for. Hopefully this will change in the near future, but I fear for those that do not know any better and end up buying bad phones from thieves.
     
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    Somewhere, Al Franken isn't happy about this.
     
  16. PsykX macrumors 6502a

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    Or the iPhone is slowly becoming an old product and has lost its fashion and reputation.

    Or everybody has an iPhone nowadays.
     
  17. NMBob macrumors 6502a

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    Not so sure...

    I think the drop is because of iOS7/8. Who wants a phone with that installed? :)
     
  18. Little Endian macrumors 6502a

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    I have high praise for activation lock and only wish we had it sooner. I got my iphone 5 stolen out of my house back in March 2013, while I was home!!:eek: Find my iPhone was no help and activation lock was not available at that time. The thieves were smart enough to turn of my phone as soon as they stole it and most likely wiped the phone with a full restore.

    Activation lock has and will continue to decrease the amount of phone thefts but will never quite eliminate it. Phones can still be parted out and sold for parts. A brand new pristine iphone 6 or 6+ should be worth at least $100-$200 just for the screen and battery alone on Craigslist. Thieves still pick pockets and steal bikes for much lower rates of returns. Meth, crack, and heroin Junkies do not think rationally and will do anything for their next fix so phones will still be stolen.
     
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    Good. You deserve it
     
  20. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

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    Pretty much the majority of iOS users.
     
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    I actually feel much safer with a marten. I found otters to be far too oily to keep in my pocket with my phone :cool:
     
  22. iOSmobiledev macrumors newbie

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    Asset Tag

    I always order my iOS device through the AppleStore online, just so that I can opt for the engraving feature. Instead of a cute message, I use it as an asset tag. Can't rub that off or peel it away!
     
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  24. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    Yeah, Apple is dooooomed.
    With only 75 million iPhones sold in the last quarter, it sure looks like an old and unwanted product, that nobody would bother stealing anymore.
     
  25. PsykX macrumors 6502a

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    My second line mentioned "everybody has an iPhone", I don't know why you bother arguing with me when we both agree on the same thing.

    You've got to admit though, that the iPhone isn't the picture we had of it in 2007 though. Apple was 5 years ahead of the competition, but the competition caught up. It's not even worth reminding that Eric Schmidt being on Apple's board backstabbed them.
     

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