INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is among a group of state attorneys general calling on smartphone makers to make smarter phones.
The group says manufacturers need to find a way to combat the rise in violent street crimes involving smartphone thefts.
Zoeller says one method discussed to try to slow aftermarket phone sales includes installing a smartphone "kill switch" which would make a stolen phone permanently useless. He says even if a mobile device stolen in the U.S. no is longer able to access domestic cell networks, the phone can still be reactivated in foreign countries.
Zoeller says stolen phones are a problem for consumers because many also contain personal and financial information.
Zoeller says manufacturers have added some anti-theft features, but says more needs to be done.