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Web Watch: Smartphone theft prevention

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

San Francisco is a popular destination for startup technology companies.

Apple Inc. headquarters are located nearby and city officials there might say it is causing a problem.

It is not that the company is a bad neighbor, but its products are fueling a problem in the city.

Believe it or not, smartphone thefts account for half of the city's robbery reports.

The district attorney is glad to hear about a new upgrade that may help decrease this problem. It is called the kill switch and it is available on the new models and the iOS7 operating system upgrade.

The kill switch must be physically activated, but it is not difficult. If the phone is lost or stolen, the owner can open the application on iCloud, on the phone, and check the "find my phone" option. Then, hit the kill switch. Whoever has the phone cannot turn it on to restore it and sell it. It is effectively dead until the right password is entered. Police expect it will take some time for thieves to figure this out. In the meantime, it should be successful.

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