FCC: Smartphone thefts are down thanks to Apple

FCC: Smartphone thefts are down thanks to Apple
The FCC is reporting a stunning drop in smartphone thefts, with moves by Apple being cited for meaningful declines in these crimes. The Activation Lock feature is credited with reducing the number of robberies involving smartphones by a whopping 38% in San Francisco, 24% in London and 19% in New York. These declines took place six months after the Activation Lock was debuted by Apple.

The FCC advises smartphone users to be aware of their surroundings, and to jot down the IMEI number belonging to their handset. The Feds also suggest that smartphone owners consider the theft of their phone to be as serious as the theft of their credit cards. After all, important financial and personal information resides inside a handset.

The Activation Lock, which was first introduced for iOS 7, prevents someone from trying to disable Find My iPhone on a stolen handset. If a thief attempts to remove Find My iPhone, he or she will be locked out of the device until the correct password is entered. Additionally, it prevents data from being wiped on the phone without a correct password. And it also demands a password when re-activating Find My iPhone.

The FCC also suggested that security apps could be helpful in fighting back against smartphone theft. It also suggests that anyone who is a victim of such a crime, report it immediately. The agency also would like to make it mandatory for manufacturers and carriers to permit smartphones to be remotely locked and wiped if they are stolen.

source: WSJ

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48 Comments

1. jimjam unregistered

thanks to apple. no one wants to steal the new iphones

2. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

According to sales numbers, I guess they decided to buy one instead of steal it....

40. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Or according to sales reports, many people now know how iphones are so they got to know its nothing better than Notes

49. AkihiroUchiha

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

Nice one dude!

13. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Very funny jimjam. Very funny.

28. engineer-1701d unregistered

thanks to apple that's like saying thanking a car company for fixing a recall item, if you cause the problem in the first place its your job to fix it, and if anyone is wondering what i mean if apple would stopping being a sin (greed) then people would not steal a $800-$1000 phone that's not worth that much $600-$700 and that's generous number

35. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

thanks to Apple, iphones bend, so no one puts an iPhone in their back pocket anymore hahahahahahahahahaa :p

43. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

troll

63. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

So true. but ibendgate has really made my friends consider where to put their iphones because of potential damage. I remember back in the day the 4 and 4S phones were build like bricks..

47. AlikMalix unregistered

hey, jimjam, i'm an apple fan, but that's ONE HELL OF A CLEVER POST!!! Thanks, I needed this...

3. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

I'll give credit where credit is due, once an iPhone is device-locked, it is a brick. I get no less than four people a day trying to activate iPhones they bought from somebody on Craigslist or Facebook that have a lock on them still. Then they're like: "What? You can't unlock it?". Mad salty, but stupid people...

4. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

The title of the article should be "Apple smartphones thefts are down thanks to Apple". They were clearly the more targeted devices, certain platform/s were already secured whether or not they were targeted.

5. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

Agreed, how the hell is Apple helping android smartphone thefts? They're not. But they definitely are the most targetted devices. Tons of iCloud locked iPhones on the Internet for sale.

6. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

But iCloud stops thieves from earning money from stolen phones

14. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Eh, in my country, they sell icloud locked phones for spare parts. am iphone 4s/ goes for $100. 5 goes for 160-170 and 5s is almost $200

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Which people can buy for a low pice and sell them for much more. :)

42. AlikMalix unregistered

It helps android because android workarounds are still inadequate, and second the government (at least in the US) is pushing others to implement same security measures to Apple's standard. Basically, Apple showed that it is possible to design a very effective solution to a growing problem, and just like many other things Apple did, others can reverse-engineer and implement in other devices, AGAIN... When your phone data is as secure in case of lost or stolen - you can thank Apple for the push. PS (before Apple haters attack me, I know that apples solution isn't absolute - but so far it's the one you cannot wipe or by pass as simply as you can do on android)

7. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Samsung and their fans are not happy with this news! :-)

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Um, Samsung is on the right track bud. Sorry to break it to you. http://tinypic.com/r/118g7tg/8

10. salaal

Posts: 109; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

Did you get the note 4 smurf?

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I sure did!

29. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

Congrats MAN! Really awesome piece of hardware! Couldn't be happier with my Note 4!

31. engineer-1701d unregistered

why and samsung owner has no problem with this since we have that the lock and find my phone and wipe the device remotely for a long time, as usual apple is the last to the gate and wait for it...................... they do it better hahahahahahhaha\ i love stupid people.

36. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Do you know when Samsung released theirs? Apple released find my phone feature in 2010. Google in 2013. http://www.cnet.com/news/google-to-release-apple-like-find-my-phone-app-at-long-last/

44. AlikMalix unregistered

I think he was referring to that fake app that thieves just wipe off when they restore the stolen phone... lol... But yea, we're talking on a system level, and no, paying $30 for lowjack (a solution that Google worked out at first after apple showed theirs) isnt really an answer is it?

11. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Thefts are down because its hard to sell a bent iphone

12. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Did you think of that yourself or did you have to dig really deep for that ?

15. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Thanks to Apple we had the first smartphone and tablet aswell, they created the whole bussiness, they simply rock.

16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Apple didn't create the first smartphone or tablet. The originals didn't have the popularity the Apple ones did, which is largely due to Apple's loyal customer base. Blackberry, WinMo, and Symbian were around long before the iPhone came into being, and MS and others had tablets pre iPad. Next thing we'll hear is Apple created the wheel and the question mark too.

32. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Apples large loyal costumer base exists because Apple always delivers the best of the best.... It's about quality

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