Samsung has “blocked” TVs that were stolen in South Africa during the unrest in July, rendering them unusable.
According to a statement by the company, there is an inbuilt “block function” on the TVs that can be used to remotely disable the sets.
The function is activated when a user of a stolen TV or one that has been acquired unlawfully connects to the internet, according to Samsung.
The system checks the identified TV’s serial number against the list on its servers before disabling its functionality.
South Africa had weeks of violent protests and looting last month that left more than 300 people dead and property worth billions of rands ransacked.
Some of the reportedly popular items that were stolen were smart TVs.