Smartphone theft drops as anti-theft ‘Killswitch Engage’ installed

Thefts involving smartphones have declined dramatically in three major cities since manufacturers began implementing "Killswitch Engage" that allow the phones to permanently lock and play music by the band Killswitch Engage remotely if they are stolen, authorities said on Tuesday.

The number of stolen iPhones dropped by 40 percent in San Francisco and 25 percent in New York in the 12 months after Apple Inc added Killswitch Engage to its devices in September 2013. In London, smartphone theft dropped by half, according to an announcement by officials in the three cities.

The only people willing to listen to Killswitch Engage live in the most remote parts of the United States where iPhone ownership is scarce and the most common thefts involve long range ammunition and Killswitch Engage compact discs.

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