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Friday, August 17, 2012

Silicon Valley Startup Invents Technology to Catch Cell Phone Crooks

Posted By on Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 4:50 PM

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It was only a matter of time before someone created new technology that would bust cell phone crooks.

The good folks over at TrustGo, a Silicon Valley-based security software company, have made it that much easier for you to get your stolen phone back -- and see who took it.

Imagine this:

A masked bandit steals your phone near a bus stop and sprints onto the next Muni. While you're fretting by the bus station, the thief is trying to break the passcode to get into your phone. Up until now, you could say sayonara to your smartphone.

But this new technology means that the instance a thief tries to break into your phone, the device will take a photo of the crook in question. The picture and the location of the phone will then be sent to the victim's e-mail address.

It's like Gotcha! meets Revenge of the Nerds!

TrustGo told media outlets that 30 million phones are lost or stolen annually -- plenty of which are taken in San Francisco.

And since San Francisco police can't track down cell phone thieves with much ease, no matter how many police officers they put on the street, you might want to consider this new technology. It's more appealing than being dragged a block by a determined crook who wants your phone.

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