Steven Sande writing at AppleWorld.today, the sucessor to the now shuttered Unofficial Apple Weblog:
In San Francisco, iPhone theft dropped 40 percent, while New York saw a 25 percent decline. Perhaps the most impressive decline was in London, where smartphone theft was cut in half.
This is great news for smartphone owners. I love having the peace of mind that Apple's Activation Lock feature offers, coupled with all of the other features that Find My iPhone offers .
It's worth noting that Android OEMs are catching up in this regard too, with many manufacturers implementing similiar security features which has helped thefts fall so dramatically. There's still some way to go for Android, as Steven notes that the figures show that iPhone thefts have fallen sharper than Android, but it's generally looking like good news for everyone across the board – well, except for criminals.