Smartphone Theft Prevention Act, Senate Bill 962

Sponsored by District Attorney Gascón, authored by Senator Mark Leno, and signed into law by Governor Brown in 2015, California’s landmark Smartphone Theft Prevention Act requires all smartphones sold in California to come with a kill switch, which can be enabled if a smartphone is stolen.


Nationwide Uptick in Smartphone Thefts in 2012 

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Smartphone Robberies in San Francisco Have Declined 50 Percent Since SB 962 Passed

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Global Reach 

SB 962 had unanimous law enforcement support from groups across the state, and from many groups around the world. DA Gascón co-chaired the international Secure Our Smartphones Coalition (S.O.S.), along with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.