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Lawmakers push for smartphone 'kill switch'

Albany, N.Y. -- Smartphone theft has become one of the fastest-growing crimes in the country. Lawmakers in Albany are working on a bill they hope could help curb the trend.

A proposal introduced by a state lawmaker this week called for a kill switch on all smartphones.

It would allow users to permanently disable their phone if it is stolen. The hope is this would deter thieves from taking the phones in the first place.

The bills backers have been meeting with major cell phone companies for months about proposed fixes, but they said the industry has been slow to make changes.

More than 1.5 million Americans had their smartphones stolen in 2012.

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Washington Times