Smartphone thefts have been becoming more and more common in recent years with the increasing popularity of them. New York is one of the places that has experienced the worst of this, and now the Attorney General is calling on manufacturers to help with the problem. This has become so bad, that the Mayor of NYC went as far as saying that the iPhone is the reason crime rates have increased. Here is what Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said:
The theft of handheld devices is the fastest-growing street crime, and increasingly, incidents are turning violent. It’s time for manufacturers to be as innovative in solving this problem as they have been in designing devices that have reshaped how we live.
According to The Huffington Post, he wants to meet with representatives from these companies and looks to find out why they haven’t worked on this problem.
Schneiderman, along with San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, will question Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft officials in New York about why they have not yet developed technology that renders stolen mobile devices inoperable, eliminating the incentive for theft.
Personally, I don’t think that these companies should be held as responsible as these Attorney Generals are holding them to be. While it would be nice if they stepped in and developed some better anti-theft software, it is up to the consumer what is done with the device once it is in their hands, and the consumer must also make the choice to use the software that these companies provide. Some, if not most of the blame, should be falling on the consumers, not necessarily the manufacturers. However, that’s just my opinion.
What do you think? Should Apple, Google, and the others be blamed? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.