Late last year, Apple added the Activation Lock feature to devices in hopes of cutting down on theft. New York attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, and the district attorney of San Francisco, George Gascón are now saying that the "kill switch" that is Activation Lock has drastically cut down on iPhone theft. Police say that robberies have dropped in London, New York and San Francisco after Activation Lock was added to iOS 7. London thefts fell by 24 percent, New York by 19 percent and San Francisco by 38 percent when compared to the same period last year.
Activation Lock works by requiring you to enter your Apple ID and password before you can turn off Find My iPhone, sign out of iCloud or erase and reactivate your device. This greatly deters thieves, knowing they won't be able to access the device with the proper credentials. Starting in 2015, all smartphones will require the same type of feature. Apple, Samsung, Google, HTC, Microsoft and others will all have built-in anti-theft tools standard.