Cell Phone Thefts

(Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane speaks as Mayor Michael Nutter, left, and New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman listen.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Law Enforcement Officials Urge Smartphone Makers To Include ‘Kill Switches’

The attorneys general of Pennsylvania and New York came to Philadelphia City Hall to promote an effort to get cell phone manufacturers to install “kill switches” so a phone that’s stolen could be immediately deactivated.

10/28/2013

(An EcoATM cell phone buyback machine being demonstrated at the 2013 annual convention of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, in Philadelphia.   Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. Councilmembers Agree To Explore Cell Phone Buyback ‘ATMs’

At a City Council hearing, company officials laid out the security precautions in each transaction — including thumbprints, multiple photographs, and a scan of photo IDs.

10/24/2013

(Drexel University in West Philadelphia.  File photo)

Drexel Issues Warning About String Of Cell Phone Robberies

After several robberies in broad day light, Drexel asks students and staff members to stay alert.

09/25/2013

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Duo Arrested For Allegedly Stealing Cell Phones In Old City

A man and woman accused of running a cell phone stealing operation at the Bourse building in Old City Philadelphia are in police custody after business owners stopped them in their tracks.

08/06/2013

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SEPTA Warns Subway Riders About Increase In Smart Phone Thefts

SEPTA is reminding subway riders to be smart about smart phones. Transit officials say there is a dramatic increase of thieves snatching the phones right out of people’s hands.

03/15/2012

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