SAN FRANCISCO - Top law enforcement officials from San Francisco and New York plan to meet with some of the nation's largest smartphone makers to help thwart the rise in cellphone thefts and robberies.
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the June 13 meeting in New York City. They're it dubbing a "Smartphone Summit."
Gascon and Scheiderman say they will meet with representatives from Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft and urge them to create new technology to permanently and quickly disable stolen smartphones, making them worthless to thieves.
An estimated 1.6 million people in the United States had their cellphones stolen in 2012. Most of those were smartphones.