“iCrime” and “Apple picking.” They may be cute euphemisms, but the risk of theft is actually a very ugly reality for smartphone owners. Each year, millions of handsets are stolen and sold on the black market for as much as several hundred dollars each. Smartphone theft is so lucrative, in fact, that it is estimated that nearly half of all robberies in the United States now involve mobile devices. Even more disturbing is the fact that these crimes are now becoming increasingly violent, often involving injuries and, in a few rare cases, even death.
So what can be done to curb a crime so profitable? One thing having a major impact is the addition of "kill switches;" At least according to recently released crime data.