Joint Statement from D.A. Gascón & A.G. Schneiderman Regarding Recently Released Study Indicating Theft Deterrence Solutions on Smartphones Would Save Consumers $2.6 Billion Per Year

Joint Statement From D.A. Gascón & A.G. Schneiderman Regarding Recently Released Study Indicating Theft Deterrence Solutions on Smartphones Would Save Consumers $2.6 Billion Per Year

 

For Immediate Release

 

March 30, 2014

CONTACT:
Alex Bastian (415) 553-1931
Maxwell Szabo, (415) 553-9089

SAN FRANCISCO -  San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released this statement following the release of a study from Creighton University that indicates consumers would save billions from the implementation of theft deterrence features on all smartphones.  


“In addition to saving lives, the common sense theft deterrent features we have been advocating for will also help save consumers money.  The simple fact is, you cannot put a price on a loved one lost to violent crime.  No family should lose a mother, a father, a son or a daughter for their phone.  Manufacturers and carriers need to put public safety before corporate profits and stop this violent epidemic, which has put millions of smartphone users at risk.”

The full study can be found here. Key findings from the study include:

-        99% of smartphone owners feel wireless carriers should give all consumers the option to disable a cell phone if it is stolen
-        83% of smartphone owners believe that a Kill Switch would reduce cell phone theft
-        93% of smartphone owners believe that Americans should not be expected to pay extra fees for the ability to disable a stolen phone