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Samsung's market share rising among muggers

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Samsung's market share rising among muggers
According to a captain of the San Francisco Police Department that covers the rough, crime strewn Tenderloin district, smartphone theft accounts for 50% of all robberies in the area. Captain Joe Garrity broke down those stats even further by saying that in half of the smartphone related robberies committed this year, the target was an Apple iPhone. But the officer says that there is a new trend with muggers now looking for something other than an iPhone to jack, with Samsung Galaxy models moving up rapidly behind Apple's smartphone on the bad guy's wish list.

Muggers are now targeting Samsung models like the pictured Samsung Galaxy S III

Muggers are now targeting Samsung models like the pictured Samsung Galaxy S III

A hot new device will usually command more attention from fencing operations which might explain why the Samsung Galaxy S4 would be in demand by muggers. We don't believe that the thought process is the same for your average smartphone buyer who might decide in favor of a Samsung device because of a perceived lack of innovation from Apple.

Recently, Captain Garrity has noticed a more dangerous trend. Instead of employing a subtle, sneaky method to steal a smartphone, muggers are now resorting to violence right off the bat by tossing a few haymakers, stunning the victim, and grabbing his or her handset.

While Samsung executives can't be happy that customers are increasingly getting their Samsung branded phone stolen, inside they understand that the increased demand for stolen Samsung Galaxy S models is due to the rising popularity of the device. As Captain Garrity puts it, "It's whatever is popular. The opportunists are grabbing what they can."

source: SFChronicle via Geek.com

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posted on 05 May 2013, 19:43 19

1. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Samsung the unstoppable.

posted on 05 May 2013, 22:13 16

11. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6239; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


well at least those theives see its a better phone

posted on 05 May 2013, 22:44 3

17. joey_sfb (Posts: 2748; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Thats not something I want. To be mugged. Time to enforce the idea that iphone has the best resell value.

posted on 05 May 2013, 22:50 8

18. jsdechavez (Posts: 701; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Yeah. Muggers, please target those iPhone people more please..

posted on 06 May 2013, 00:30 8

25. app_droid_soft (Posts: 42; Member since: 09 Sep 2012)


now these thieves aren't iDiots

posted on 05 May 2013, 19:56 9

2. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 182; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Samsung Galaxy S models, San Francisco most wanted.

posted on 05 May 2013, 20:12 10

3. Piyath.droid (Posts: 14; Member since: 12 Apr 2013)


'Samsung' The Best Name Everywhere..

posted on 05 May 2013, 20:21 3

4. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Haha the new trend make your phone hit enough that even muggers would still lol

posted on 05 May 2013, 20:22 6

5. tiara6918 (Posts: 1354; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


But it would be better if they steal iPhones since it is more expensive and has a higher resale value

posted on 05 May 2013, 21:51 9

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 10524; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Fanboys don't understand that. That's why they thumbed you down, but your statement is actually true. On any third party site, and even Craigslist where most of these phones will be sold. iPhones sell for more. I expect lots of red thumbs for this post...so should you... +1 for being truthful and unbiased.

posted on 05 May 2013, 22:23 2

15. Hemlocke (unregistered)


True story. I buy and sell a lot of phones on Ebay and celltraderonline, and used to sell and buy on XDA until they closed their MP, and iPhone s hold their value better than anything. By the time the next iPhone launches, the S4 will be worth around $50-$75 dollars less than an iPhone 5 on the secondary market, if not even less.

posted on 05 May 2013, 23:16

21. darkkjedii (Posts: 10524; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Exactly. I'm reading these posts SMDH cuz they only wanna post dumb stuff to get green thumbs, while ignoring the truth. That truth is what makes iPhone so valuable to own...resale value. Like it or not iPhones are the Bentleys of mobile phones. They the most valuable not necessarily the best.

posted on 06 May 2013, 09:36 1

29. synot (Posts: 88; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Iphone isnt more valuable for your information it is only hype and overpriced because its owned and made by America and is the backbone of american economy and rivals Asian companies.If Iphone was made by Korea u wouldnt be making these statements or if Samsung was made by America

posted on 06 May 2013, 09:29 1

28. synot (Posts: 88; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Iphone isnt sold by value,its sold by hype and being an American Icon

posted on 05 May 2013, 23:20

23. tiara6918 (Posts: 1354; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


+1 for you too darkkjedii and hemlocke

posted on 06 May 2013, 09:26 1

27. synot (Posts: 88; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Your living in the past ,its now 2013 Iphone is history Samsung rules now in the space age of the Galaxy era.

posted on 05 May 2013, 22:05 1

10. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 182; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


The truth is that these low lives shouldn't steal any phone's and for that matter they shouldn't steal anything at all.

posted on 05 May 2013, 23:17

22. darkkjedii (Posts: 10524; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Well said my man

posted on 06 May 2013, 09:23

26. synot (Posts: 88; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


That was once but not again .Its now 2013 not 2007 Samsung rules now.

posted on 05 May 2013, 21:00 3

6. twens (Posts: 551; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


I think the muggers already know that yet they still prefer stealing Samsung phones. I guess it's because the galaxies are way smarter.lol

posted on 05 May 2013, 21:09 4

7. Dadler22 (Posts: 161; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


How about not walking around with your phone in two hands not paying attention to your surroundings at all. That's how most of these thefts happen.

posted on 05 May 2013, 22:21

14. MyJobSux (Posts: 79; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


I think the main thing is that the theif is looking for a easy snatch of a high dollar device they can easily run away with. Apple devices are probably about the easiest to distinguish mainly because you can always tell by the chrome (or whatever color) apple on the back. Even the cases have a hole made just so you can see the apple. I think the main thing is that the device be high dollar to make it worth their while to steal it. Samsung devices run about $500-600 so they are another target for that reason. I doubt the criminal mind cares about the competition between the two companies nor are they trying to make a point that Samsung is becoming a stronger mobile producer than Apple.

posted on 05 May 2013, 21:29 4

8. YouGotTrolledSon (banned) (Posts: 41; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


Finally those theives started to realize Samsung > Apple lol

posted on 05 May 2013, 22:15 1

12. MyJobSux (Posts: 79; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


All joking aside, I want to see if Samsung steps up to make activating a stolen device any harder. Perhaps some assistance in the recovery of stolen devices. Its a streatch to expect that but if they were to step up to the task and have almost any level of success it would simply be another nail in Apple's coffin.

posted on 05 May 2013, 22:40 1

16. Hemlocke (unregistered)


Coffin? Your fanboy blinders must be the new "full head enclosure" model. There are some companies in mobile that have been sized for coffins, but Apple is not on that list. If the next two iPhones were utter flops, they would still make more off them than any OEM not named Samsung.

posted on 05 May 2013, 22:51

19. MyJobSux (Posts: 79; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


You really missed the point didnt you. Go back to the bathroom and look at iPr0n on your iPhone...

posted on 06 May 2013, 00:02 2

24. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1296; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


While I don't think Apple is going away anytime soon, there seems to be this mentality that they will be around forever and nothing can stop them. That's just ridiculous. ANY company can go under, and sometimes it only takes one little thing to bring them down.

If you want an example, at one time Oldsmobile's Cutlass model was the highest selling of any model, peaking at a million sold one year. Where are they now? And this is coming from an Oldsmobile fan. Just because something is currently popular, does not remain it will always remain so. And I am not just talking about Apple either, ANY company can go under. If anything, it's harder to rise to the top than to fall to the bottom. Something to keep in mind.

posted on 06 May 2013, 18:04

30. MyJobSux (Posts: 79; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


I agree. Although I think one of the main reasons Oldsmobile was shut down was because GM felt there were too many choices for consumers. I hated to see Pontiac and Oldsmobile go away. Right now with nostalgic vehicals becoming popular to produce it would be nice to see what they would have done with a 442 and the GTO. I didnt care much for the GTO they produced just before they shut it down. Looked more like an upside down bathtub. Would be nice to see them come back though but doubt it...feel like i just went on a short walk and ended out in the middle of the country. heh.

posted on 05 May 2013, 22:16 2

13. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 182; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


While I was cycling and stopped at traffic lights, someone came up to me and ask for directions to a street, I got the impression that they where ready to snatch my phone as soon as I got it out too check the maps. I told them it was to the left and they had a puzzled look like OH no phone.

So you don't need to be using your phone for someone to target you, be aware.

posted on 05 May 2013, 22:55 2

20. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Well.....its official. Android really is popular. Truly amazing that an Android phone is a hot item for thieves... Apple's elite status is slowly but surely dropping.

I dont think this is something to be proud of tho...lol. Means ppl with iPhones and Galaxy phones need to be more aware of their surroundings and phones.

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