Apple iPhone, Apple iPad and Apple iPod thefts up 40% in the Big Apple
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.
2. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1477; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
I'm beginning to think that this is an inside job planned by Apple, just to make their products look cool.
3. Medel (Posts: 84; Member since: 31 May 2011)
over price iphone and ipads! now what happened?! tsk, tsk, tsk... =/
4. wendygarett (unregistered)
Lot of sheep eater recently >.<
I must be careful...
5. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6741; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Another reason NOT to own a iPhone. it's a icrime
6. Azure01 (Posts: 126; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Wow so a phone is so important that you have to murder someone for it? I don't even know why so many people want it when even people who you would consider scum have it, damn shame.
7. dragonstkdgirl (Posts: 144; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)
I find it more than a little sad that Hwang Yang gets a photo and a caption but doesn't even get a paragraph in the article? Hearing more about this young man's sad and pointless death would make a hell of a lot more impact than reading statistics and links to information about the Find My iPhone app.
10. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4109; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Seems like iDevices are more of a burden to society than an asset.
11. cncrim (Posts: 549; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
Did we have similar articles post like this one 2 months ago?
12. lyndon420 (Posts: 1787; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Is this the result of people upgrading to the iphone5, and then trying to get their hands back on to a 4 or earlier version because they just worked better?