Law-enforcement professionals are far from surprised as people walk around staring at the screen on their handset or listening to music and are not aware of where they are or who is around them. It is easy pickings for someone to come from behind and snatch away a brand new Apple iPhone 5. A police source says that the thefts are taking place on subways and buses "from Houston Street to 125th Street." He adds that certain areas like midtown and Greenwich Village are being targeted as affluent areas tend to have more "hipsters" walking around with these products in their hands.
"Find My iPhone" app which can help police track down a stolen unit. The officers belonging to "Operation ID" also visited seven Verizon and eight AT&T stores trying to get more people to register their new phones. Those bringing their handsets directly to police station houses can get their phones engraved with a serial number that makes it easier to track stolen phones.
In addition to trying to educate people to be aware of their surroundings, the cops are going to run decoy operations in a bid to get some of these criminals off the streets. In the meantime, some of these stolen handsets are finding their way into the hands of foreign buyers willing to pay a handsome price for the devices.