Posted on March 4, 2014 at 8:24 AM
(KMOV.com) — Thefts of smartphones have skyrocketed over the last few years. Now, some New York lawmakers are the latest to join a national effort asking manufactures to install a kill switch.
It’s an issue that’s become a matter of life and death for the family of Megan Boken, the 22-year-old former SLU volleyball player who was shot to death in an August 2012 daylight robbery in the Central West End.
Boken had been talking on her phone at the time.
Her family believes a kill switch could have prevented her death. The switch would make the devices useless when stolen, similar to the way users are able to cancel stolen credit cards.
Mobile devices are involved in one third or more of all robberies in major U.S. cities. The high-tech devices garner big bucks on the black market, leading thieves to go to great lengths to steal the phones.
Nineteen-year-old Keith Esters was sentenced in November to life in prison plus 20 years after pleading guilty in Boken’s death. Johnathan Perkins was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in connection with her murder in February.