Ilya Marritz covers business for WNYC.
On Thursday, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman met with representatives of Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft to discuss the rise in thefts of smartphones.
At the end of last year, the New York Police Department reported more than 15,000 thousand thefts of the devices. That number was up by a third from the previous year, and it's rising nationwide as well.
Schneiderman has said he'll push manufacturers to install a "kill switch" to disable stolen phones.
“If thieves know that the phones can just be shut down, or what the kids call bricked — turned into a brick — that takes away the incentive,” he said.