MINNEAPOLIS - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar is proposing federal 'kill switch' legislation to combat the growing problem of cell phone theft.

Klobuchar's bill would enable cell phone theft victims to render their phones inoperable to thieves and wipe their personal and financial information from the device.

"With nearly one in three robberies involving phone theft, this legislation will take important steps to protect the identity of victims and cut the incentive for criminals to target smart phones," said Klobuchar.

The announcement was made Tuesday during a visit to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis which has seen a rash of robberies in recent months.

Minneapolis resident Zack Krause had his own run-in downtown last September.

"I kind of heard a few footsteps behind me and someone hit my iPhone out of my hand, onto the ground, grabbed it and took off," said Krause.

He supports Klobuchar's legislation because smart phones now carry a plethora of personal information.

"I have all my contacts in there, my work email, you never know what kind of passwords you have stored," said Krause. "Your phone is your whole life."