NY's Police Commissioner Seeks Mandatory 'Kill-Switch' to Stop Smartphone Theft

Bill Bratton wants to give cell phone users the ability to remotely wipe and disable their device.
3:00 | 03/03/14

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the fastest-growing crime in America. More than 1.5 million smartphones stolen every year. And today, a major law enforcement figure said, phone companies should be doing more to protect their customers. What? Here's ABC's senior justice correspondent, Pierre Thomas. Reporter: It can happen so fast. This young thug snatches a victim's smartphone on the Washington, D.C. Subway and gets away. And in Philadelphia, thieves race across the street to rob this young man at gunpoint. They methodically search him and steal his cell phone. Today, New York City top cop, bill Gratton, is calling for a law to force cell phone companies to have a killswitch. He says the companies are holding out because they want to sell more cell phones. This is again about corporate greed, profit. Reporter: 1.6 million cell phones thefts in 2012 alone. Megan Boeken was shot and killed in St. Louis 18 months ago. She was targeted because she was talking on her smartphone. At the time, she was talking to her mother. Reporter: Some cell phone companies say a killswitch might open cell phones to hacking. But's could be an issue of life and death. Today was the first day of a

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