New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón are convening a Smartphone Summit to address the epidemic of "Apple picking" and other mobile theft crimes that are spiking street crime figures across the country. In New York City alone, more than 16,000 mobile devices were stolen in 2012 and 40% of the robberies in the city are attributed to mobile phones.
Absolute Software would like to commend the proactive work of the New York State Attorney General’s Office and the San Francisco District Attorney's Office in putting together the Smartphone Summit today in New York.
"The public needs to be protected and a proactive response is required to deter these thefts and the risk to public safety they represent. Unfortunately a growing number of these theft incidents involve violence as the victim may be held up at gun or knife point or physically assaulted. The solution already exists and Absolute is actively speaking with the AG and DA’s offices and working with law enforcement and partners such as Samsung to mitigate the risk associated with mobile device theft and the associated crimes. With Absolute’s unique stolen smartphone recovery service, those responsible for theft can be identified and held accountable – and there is no better deterrence than that." - John Livingston, CEO of Absolute Software
The summit, announced last week, will be attended by representatives from smartphone makers Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft. As recently announced, Absolute Software has partnered with Samsung to address mobile theft with its upcoming GALAXY S4 smartphone that includes Absolute Software persistence technology to lock down and recover stolen devices, even if the device is wiped clean. This new partnership offers protection to enterprise users as well as consumers.
Absolute Software is the only company to offer persistence, a patented technology embedded into the firmware of computer, tablet and smartphone devices by the manufacturer. Once activated by the customer, it provides a trusted connection to the device even if it is wiped or factory reset. This allows only the legitimate owner a persistent connection to their device to be able to both recover their private property and maintain their data privacy.