Officials Hope "Kill Switch" Would Halt Smartphone Theft

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Law enforcement officials nationwide are demanding the creation of a "kill switch" that would render smartphones inoperable after they are stolen, New York's top prosecutor said Thursday in a warning to the world's smartphone manufacturers.

Citing statistics showing that one in three U.S. robberies involves the theft of a mobile phone, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the formation of a coalition of law enforcement agencies devoted to stopping the "epidemic."