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Swamped by phone thefts, police call on cell providers to allow remote shutdowns

• Washington Post
Police chiefs everywhere say that smartphone robberies are rocketing. They’ve offered cash rewards, set up decoy crews in subway stations and urged iPhone owners to be wary.

But the robberies keep coming. Now, police are expressing their frustration in plain terms, publicly asking regulators and wireless-network operators to allow stolen devices to be shut down remotely through unique identification numbers within them.


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