Smartphones driving violent crime across U.S.

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  1. ronjor

    ronjor Global Moderator

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    http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9239107/Smartphones_driving_violent_crime_across_U.S.
     
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    Today's smartphones also store so much personal data that they can be a goldmine. I'm not surprised that they're a hot commodity though. Anyone who lived through the 80s/early 90s likely remembers their Pioneer radios jacked from their car or their new CD players snatched out. Electronic gadgets have always been an easy sell.
     
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    It´s not a US problem, but an international one. Stolen smartphones are sold in other countries. As with other "global" problems, national politics and interests interfere in the solutions, which require cooperation and the enforcement of global policies (black and white lists, etc.).

    Possibly, the problem will subside as smartphones become more of a low-cost commodity and less of a luxury fad.
     
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    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57...ers-urged-to-help-thwart-mobile-phone-thefts/
     
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    You guys call that violence, here where i live they KILL you for smartphones. Tons of teenagers have died because they always use their phones when they are walking in the streets.
     
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    Thieves are always going to target cell phones, especially if there is a market for them. I really don't see how the manufactures are going to be able to stop it.
     
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    You can throw in any object of value (not just smartphones or gadgets) into the story and the same logic applies.

    Greed and sometimes circumstances can push one into committing crimes. Then again, one has to realize more often than not, it's a matter of choice. It's not the object or possession that is to be blamed.
     
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    Right. Consider grillz, for example ;)
     
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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/05/apple-samsung-thefts_n_3383407.html
     
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    http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/11/positive-response-to-new-iphone-antitheft-feature/
     
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    Crusading lawmen want more details on Apple's iOS 7 'Activation Lock'

    Crusading lawmen want more details on Apple's iOS 7 'Activation Lock'
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/06/11/apples_activation_lock_and_lawmens_smartphone_summit/
     
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    Apple adding 'kill switch' to iPhones:
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/11/tech/mobile/iphone-ios7-kill-switch/index.html
     
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    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57...ngs-latest-phones-face-antitheft-stress-test/
     
  14. NormanF

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    There's another reason thieves love smart phones - easy access to your bank account online.

    Like Willie Sutton famously said, "that's where the money is." For criminals its a crime of opportunity low in risk and rich in potential reward.
     
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