When can a smartphone snap a “theftie”?

Answer: when it’s stolen

by News Staff / August 7, 2014

According to the Federal Communications Commission, 30 percent of all robberies in the U.S. involve smartphones. The high number of stolen devices is even leading to some states passing legislation that requires device makers to include kill-switch functionality in their offerings.

And there's a new tool available -- mobile security company Lookout provides device owners a chance to catch what their thief looks like by snapping a picture when the device is stolen. The free app allows users to access several app features remotely, which include locate, “scream,” lock and wipe, signal flare, and receive theft alerts.