PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane are joining top prosecutors in San Francisco and New York in a nationwide initiative to thwart smartphone thefts.
The initiative called Secure Our Smartphones brought New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to Philadelphia on Monday to make the announcement with Nutter and Kane.
The idea is to pressure the smartphone the industry to develop a technological solution, such as a "kill switch" for stolen phones, that would make smartphones inoperable after they are stolen.
They say that such a safety switch would stop the robberies that are feeding a massive and lucrative secondary market for stolen devices.
The group was begun in June by Schneiderman (SHNEYE'-dur-muhn) and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon.