|A snatcher On the move|
Phone snatchers are in trouble especially as a new technology has been developed on smartphones which would allow or enable owners to permanently destroy their phones remotely.
its called Smartphone 'kill switch' and alot of bills has been signed into law in the U.S to make sure that all users adopt the technology.
This new technology was developed in order to help minimize the rate at which smartphones are snatched in the U.S and other countries around the world. These phones are not only stolen, they are also gathered and shipped to other parts of the world where they are sold at a very reduced cost thereby reducing the market quality of the ones sold at retailer shops.
There's good reason for these features. In the past several years, government officials have noticed an "epidemic" of phone thefts, particularly in large cities. Thieves often steal phones and sell them to cartels and shops that often shipped them to willing customers overseas.
The technology industry's answer has been to create software that responds to a theft by requiring users to input a passcode before it can be unlocked or restored to factory settings. The technology looks to be working: In 2013, 3.1 million Americans had their phones stolen, according to a study published by Consumer Reports last month. Last year, that number fell to 2.1 million, according to the report.
The new technology has been signed into law in california and other states of the U.S are yet to follow.
Retailers has also been asked to adopt the technology and implement and now, it is up to retailers to to comply with the law. The price tag for the "knowing retail sale" of a smartphone that doesn't meet the requirement is $500 to $2,500, according to the bill. Walmart -- one of the biggest retailers in the US -- said it would comply with the law. Best Buy, another major US retailer, didn't respond to a request for comment about how ready its California stores are to comply.
So, snatcher are indeed in trouble as their means of livelihood is soon to end since their stolen phones would no be considered in the mobile market.