NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ The New Haven Police Department is joining other law enforcement agencies urging the smartphone industry to have a “kill switch” that would render stolen or lost devices inoperable.

The New Haven Register reports ( that the law enforcement initiative urging wireless carriers to allow a “kill switch” application was announced at a recent conference in New York.

New Haven police reached out to cellphone manufacturers last year about making phones inoperable.

A trade group says a permanent kill switch could be vulnerable to hackers who could disable devices and lock out individuals’ phones and also phones used by law enforcement.

New Haven police last year targeted stores suspected of buying allegedly stolen phones for cash. Thousands of cellphones, GPS units and other electronic devices were seized and many were determined to be stolen.

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