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State AG: "Kill Switch" Push Deterring Cellphone Thieves

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State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says "kill switches" on smartphones have led to a sharp reduction in phone robberies and thefts and on Thursday announced tech giants Google and Microsoft have agreed to install the technology.

The feature allows phones to shut down remotely, making them useless if they get into the wrong hands.

Apple added a kill switch to the iPhone last September.

Data shows robberies of Apple products in the city fell 19 percent in the first five months of the year, compared to 2013.

It's all part of the "Save our Smartphones" initiative.

With Google and Microsoft on-board, Schneiderman's office says 97 percent of smartphones in the U.S. will now be protected.

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