updated 04:26 pm EDT, Wed June 5, 2013
SF, NYC attorneys general hope to stem tide of violent robberies
The attorneys general of San Francisco and New York City are convening a Smartphone Summit next week. The topic of discussion will be how to convince Apple, Google, and other mobile hardware and software developers to help stem the tide of cellphone thefts in both cities, often ending in violence. Notable by their absence on the invitee list are all the significant US cellular providers.
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said that "With 1.6 million Americans falling victim to smartphone theft in 2012, this has become a national epidemic. Unlike other types of crimes, smartphone theft can be eradicated with a simple technological solution."
In the first three quarters of 2012, Apple device thefts in New York City climbed 40 percent from the previous year, totaling 14 percent of major crime in the city. Half of all robberies involved a cellphone or other mobile devices.
Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Samsung will all be attending the conference. The meeting will take place in New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office.