(San Francisco)—Mobile phone giant Samsung Electronics will be adding two safety features to its latest smartphone, the Galaxy S5, as a means to deter rampant theft of the mobile devices nationwide.
Samsung users will be able to activate the “Find My Mobile” and “Reactivation Lock” anti-theft features of the soon-to-be released Samsung Galaxy S5 for free.
The said features will automatically lock the phone once it detects any unauthorized attempt to reset it. “Find My Mobile” and “Reactivation Lock” features will be available on models sold by carriers U.S Cellular and Verizon. The Samsung Galaxy S5 will go on sale next week.
Samsung takes smartphone theft seriously which is why the company said in a statement “We are continuing to enhance our security and anti-theft solutions”
It can be noted that Apple created a similar “activation lock” feature for the iPhone last year.
COMBATTING SMARTPHONE THEFT
The announcement came as U.S law enforcement officials required manufacturers to create kill switches in order to combat the rampant smartphone theft across the country.
Further measures to combat smartphone theft are also being made in other parts of the country. For example, earlier this week, California legislators have introduced a bill that will require all mobile devices sold or shipped in the state to be equipped with anti-theft features starting next year. Assuming this bill does pass, it will be the first of its kind in the United States. New York, Illinois and Minnesota are considering similar legislations too.
According to the Federal Communications Commission, one in three U.S robberies involves phone theft. Law enforcement officials say that smartphone manufacturers have done the right thing to respond to their call for action. Samsung’s latest move to help fight smartphone theft is proof that the wireless industry can join forces and work together with the law to keep consumers safe.