Officials Want to Know Why Manufacturers Haven’t Solved the Smartphone Theft Epidemic

Uh, cause it's not their job?

And then someone stole it. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

And then someone stole it. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

With smartphone-related crime on the rise, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has a few questions for the companies who make our oh-so-stealable pocket computers. I.e.: How come they haven’t fixed it?

The Huffington Post reports that next week, reps from Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft (what dumb crook bothers stealing a BlackBerry?) will appear before Mr. Schneiderman and San Francisco D.A. George Gascon to answer questions about their “failure to address soaring thefts of their products.”

The officials would like smartphone makers to develop some sort of mechanism for rendering stolen phones unusable, and it seems they’re going to pester manufacturers until they deliver. Mr. Schneiderman said in a statement:

“The theft of handheld devices is the fastest-growing street crime, and increasingly, incidents are turning violent…. It’s time for manufacturers to be as innovative in solving this problem as they have been in designing devices that have reshaped how we live.”

We’re sure this is top priority in Cupertino.