NY attorney general asks smartphone makers to do more to reduce theft

New York state's attorney general is asking smartphone makers to do more to protect consumers from violent street crimes known as "Apple picking," or cell phone thefts.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says Monday he has sent letters to top executives at Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung seeking information about security efforts. He also asked them to work with his office to find ways to reduce theft.

Schneiderman says the mobile security company Lookout is advising his office on anti-theft measures.

Chris Guttman-McCabe, an executive with CTIA-The Wireless Association, says the industry group has been working with city, state and federal law enforcement agencies for more than a year on the issue. He says they have developed a comprehensive program to protect consumers and dry up the aftermarket for stolen phones.