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New York calls on phone makers to help deter theft

Martyn Williams | May 14, 2013
The New York State attorney general has sent letters to the chief executives of Apple, Microsoft, Google and Samsung asking them for help in combating cellphone theft and hinting he may pursue legal action if they don't cooperate.

In New York, 11,447 cases of stolen iPhones and iPads were recorded in the first nine months of this year, a rise of 3,280 over the previous year. In those robberies, at least one person had been killed for their iPhone and others have been stabbed or violently attacked.

The picture is similar across the U.S. An IDG News Service investigation into cellphone thefts in San Francisco found one-quarter of the 579 robberies that took place between November and April this year involved a knife or a gun. Half of the robberies involved physical force.



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