BALTIMORE (WJZ) - There's a federal push to stop cell phone theft in
its tracks. It's a new plan to put a kill switch in every phone and
render it useless for criminals.
Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland) says it essentially allows victims to make
their stolen phones inoperable and wipe away sensitive information.
Cell phones, particularly smart phones, are a hot commodity on the streets, and almost cost a Maryland student his life.
"They just came from behind me really suddenly, and they were like, 'What you got? What you got?'" Towson student Mykeal said.
Mykeal spoke to CBS affiliate WJZ after he was stabbed multiple times for his phone.
"I started feeling weaker and I sat down next to a telephone pole. The next thing I remember, the police were there," he said.
The FCC says nearly one in three robberies involve cell phone thefts. Criminals mainly target smart phones.
"Would you walk about with $500 or $600 or $700 in your hand? Of
course you wouldn't do that. But we do it with our phone each and every
day," Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson said.
While lawmakers try to crack down on this brazen crime, some smart
phone users are protecting their phones the old-fashioned way: out of
sight, out of mind.
"I'm of course, not going to be gallivanting down the street,
holding my cell phone out saying, 'Here. This is what I have right
here,'" Andrew Aquino said.
If you're an iPhone user, you already have the ability to disable or
remotely wipe sensitive data from your phone if it is lost or stolen.
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