london-sosSmartphone usage levels have basically exploded all over the place in recent years, and the number is most significant in urban centers simply because the infrastructure is there, there is a bevy of apps on your smartphone which has been deemed to be indispensable to many, and of course, peer pressure would play a role, too, not to mention the want for a better life. The thing is, this has also led to a corresponding rise in smartphone thefts, and in order to go up against the scourge of smartphone theft that is becoming increasingly more common, public officials, law enforcements agents, and a slew of other public workers have rallied together in cities like New York and San Francisco, with London being the latest city to have signed up with the Secure our Smartphones (SOS) initiative.

The SOS initiative will see a fair amount of professionals who will work with smartphone manufacturers so that theft deterrents for smartphones can be incorporated into future designs. London Mayor Boris Johnson dropped his views on why London has to join up with the SOS alliance, “Residents and visitors to our city need better protection from the menace of smartphone theft […] We need the industry to take this issue seriously and come up with a technical solution that can squash the illegal smartphone market that is fuelling this crime.” Let us hope that this is less of talk, and of course, more action!

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