NYPD to work with Apple to track down stolen Apple iPhones and Apple iPads

NYPD to work with Apple to track down stolen Apple iPhones and Apple iPads
Thefts of the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad have become so prevalent in the Big Apple, that cops have a name for it. "Applepicking" occured 4,000 more times in 2012 than in 2011 and single handedly was responsible for the rise in crime last year in New York City. Now, the cops have assigned a special team to work directly with Apple to get stolen devices back into the hands of victims. When an Apple mobile device is stolen, its unique IMEI number (International Mobile Station Equipment Identity) is reported to Apple. Apple then can report back to New York's Finest the location of each device even if it is running on a different carrier than when it was originally purchased.

One stolen Apple iPad was traced to the Dominican Republic and with the help of an NYPD intelligence officer stationed in Santo Domingo, the tablet was recovered. Another time, Apple helped the NYPD bust a guy selling stolen iPads by a bus stop. The cops say that 74% of stolen Apple devices end up popping up somewhere in the 5 boroughs. Unfortunately, most of the devices confiscated were sold to unknowing buyers who didn't know they were purchasing a stolen device. But the original owner does have the right to his Apple iPhone or Apple iPad, even if someone else bought it afterward. To prevent something like that from happening, your best bet is to buy an Apple device from a legitimate Apple dealer, or from Apple itself. We've already shown you what can happen if you trust someone in a parking lot trying to convince you to buy his iPad for a great price.

Kevin Mahaffey co-founder of cellphone security firm Lookout, said that the use of IMEI numbers were always seen as a key to busting handset and tablet thieves, but getting together with law enforcement had always been the hard part, until now. The wireless industry's own listing of stolen smartphones and tablets is not expected to be up and running until November.


source: NYPost

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16 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30907; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Smart move. These devices, and I mean all phones cost a lot and people shouldn't have to put up with crooks arbitrarily taking them.

2. GALAXY-STORM

Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

I think other oem's should come up with something like this with the homeland security. Whatever the stolen product be, people are paying their hard earned money to get one.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30907; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly man. I've had that happen before, and man it's a bummer. You feel violated due to the possibility of your personal info being stolen, and stuff.

3. Savage unregistered

Good luck finding them with the help of Apple Maps.

4. PointMaza

Posts: 60; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

lol.!! and be careful because it's apple maps they can kill you..

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30907; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Can never be serious for even a second huh?

9. imsickwithsmartphone

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

WHY SOOOOO SERIOUSSS!!

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That was very unfunny.

7. MartianMe unregistered

What is going on with the people in NY and stealing apple products? they're not even all that... city is full of idiots.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30907; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

So they're idiots cuz they're stealing apple stuff, or stealing period? Also you might wanna check a little deeper, apple products especially iPhones are very valuable, they hold high resell value like no other phones do, and on the black market iPhones are even more valuable. They're stealing them to resell them and make money. Try to do some research before running off at the mouth in the future.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Because idevices are a steal.

10. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

You can't fix stupid. Too many reports of people not aware of their surroundings when using their tech toys but mostly it's Apple iPhone and iPad users that seem to be the most oblivious. Mostly it's hipsters suffering from the theft as they walk around NY as if it were their little cul de sac.

16. lolioslol

Posts: 182; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

This so f*cking hard. "Herpity derp, lemme just walk around with my Beats headphones, carrying my macbook and d**king around on my ipod/phone completely oblivious to the fact that I am a walking advertisement, so thieves know exactly who tho hit for the best payoff. I WIKE AAAAPPPPPOOO!!!!!!!" Morons

17. lolioslol

Posts: 182; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Reason #48498384393 I will never move to new york. IMO it's utter BULLSH*T that taxpayer dollars are being used to recover some dumbasses novelty. I get that's part of what cops do, but in a cesspool like new york is that really priority? Really? Oh it's apple who seeks world domination and feel they are "better" than everyone else, just like the tools that buy their rehashed shoddy novelty crap.

20. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

It's not the device they are concerned about. It's about ruining the incentive for a robber to steal the phone in the first place. When the risk becomes greater than the reward the thief will think twice.

19. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

That's great stuff! Because as of now a stolen handset still has potentially big value. Ruin the market; ruin the value; lessen the reason for them to steal them in the first place.

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