A new report reveals the number of smartphone thefts in London has fallen by 50 per cent since Apple added kill switches to the iPhone in September 2013.
Kill-switches allow phones to be disabled remotely once stolen, effectively rendering smartphone theft redundant.
London’s Mayor Boris Johnson said: “We have made real progress in tackling the smartphone theft epidemic that was affecting many major cities just two years ago.”
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Snapdragon chips are a staple of the Android smartphone community, so this inclusion will mean a huge number of future handsets will be better protected against theft at chip-level.
The advantage of having a hardware solution is that the kill-switch becomes far more difficult to tamper with.
This makes re-selling stolen phones more difficult, because the actual chip would need to be cracked.
It also means that the kill-switch starts working as soon as the device is booted up, rather than having to wait for the operating system to load.