Police Banking on New iPhone, iOS7 Software to Combat Cell Phone Thefts

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    San Francisco police hope new phones and updated software will deter thieves from targetting iPhones. Jean Elle reports.

    Apple has some new fans -- members of law enforcement.

    Between the new iPhones coming out Friday and the new iOS7 operating system released Wednesday,  police are hoping thieves won't be able to resell stolen phones.

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    San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said cell phone theft is an epidemic.

    "Two out of three robberies in the city involve a mobile phone," Suhr said. "We’ve made more robbery arrests than narcotics arrests for the first time in my 30 plus years in the police department."

    Police said the phones are a target because they are easy to clear and resell. The new iPhones come with a fingerprint sensor that serves as a barrier for thieves looking to unlock the phone.

    The new iOS7, which most iPhone users can download now, also includes a new activation lock. If the lock is on thieves can't wipe the phone clean without a password.

    Suhr said he hopes users turn it on in droves and word on the street spreads.

    "Hopefully this will make them less attractive, after a few are stolen," he said.