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Metro thefts increase; thieves targeting smartphones

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Cell phone crimes on the metro are up fifty percent over the past few months.

Police say thieves are targeting smart phones, because of their re-sale value and the personal information they contain.

A bill proposed before congress would require smart phones to include a kill switch so users could remotely wipe their personal data if the phone gets stolen.

“Metro Transit Police would welcome and support technology solutions that can reduce snatch theft of electronic devices. We believe such advancements have the ability to make a dent in this growing problem,” said Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik.

Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski is co-sponsoring the bill.

Reports show more than two thirds of cell phone theft victims are women.

Police recommend that people hide their phones when they are out in public and not flash them where they could easily be snatched.

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