Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- All smartphones sold in Minnesota after July 1, 2015 are required to have an anti–theft "kill switch".
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed this first of its kind law on May 14th.
"This law will help combat the growing number of violent cell phone thefts in Minnesota," Dayton said.
University of Minnesota police testified during legislative hearings that up to 62% of robberies on campus are cell–phone related.
On a broader scale, nearly 1 in 3 nationwide robberies involve phone theft according to the Federal Communications Commission. Dayton's office believes Minnesota's new law will act as an extra safeguard.