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iPhone most coveted by thieves

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iPhone most coveted by thieves
Do you know what is the common thing between the cities of Greenwich, CT and Paris? Thieves there want Apple goods badly. So badly that Greenwich thieves burglarized an Apple Store in the upscale town, while half of the thefts in the French capital's public transportation system are phone thefts (mostly iPhones).

Five are the suspects coveting Apple goods in the Greenwich smash-and-grab burglary, which happened around 3 am early Tuesday morning. Apple Stores have easily breakable glass doors and are full of high-end Apple-branded products, which makes them all the more susceptible to theft. The exact amount of stolen goods was not specified, but it is in the range of tens of thousands of dollars. Previously, Apple Stores in Illinois, Pennsylvania and New Jersey have fallen victim to burglars as well.

And if you think that things are different across the pond, you probably haven't visited France recently. Thieves there are rarely looking at bags now – the most commonly targeted items are phones.

Paris police chief Michel Gaudin warned that "almost one in every two thefts on public transport now concerns a mobile telephone, while 'classic' wallet or purse thefts represent only 33 percent of incidents." iPhones account for nearly half of all stolen phones and BlackBerry handsets are also hot on the thieves' wish lists. Curiously, 70 per cent of all stolen phones were smartphones. With this news in mind, do you think that we should consider more phone insurance these days?

source: AppleInsider and Yahoo! News
iPhone most coveted by thieves
iPhone most coveted by thieves
iPhone most coveted by thieves

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posted on 15 Dec 2010, 11:09

1. ltjustas (Posts: 11; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)

stupid apple :) they shoud put better glass in teire shops... jking

posted on 15 Dec 2010, 12:41

2. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)

If only Apple used the same kind of glass that they use on the iPhone 4 then... nevermind.

posted on 16 Dec 2010, 19:54

9. Mac man man man (unregistered)


posted on 15 Dec 2010, 12:51

3. TK (unregistered)

Actually, they are "holding the iPhone wrong" and that is why thieves are stealing them, to teach them a lesson.

posted on 15 Dec 2010, 14:17

4. jk (unregistered)

I bet those guys aren't iPhone fans, thats the only way they could have figure out glass actually brakes brakes. don't worry next iPhone will come with fix for in store theft.

posted on 15 Dec 2010, 16:21 1

5. maccmill (Posts: 67; Member since: 29 Oct 2010)

People who buy iphones deserve to have them stolen :P

posted on 15 Dec 2010, 22:50

6. messiah (Posts: 438; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)

They should use gorilla glass for the doors. Would make great marketing and protect the stores in one swoop.

posted on 16 Dec 2010, 02:16

7. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

The most practical thing to do would be to remove and lockup all display products every night and put them back out in the mornings. Sure you may add an hour or 2 in labor for each store but its better than losing $10,000+ in merch. I wonder what the shrink is for apple stores that get robbed.

posted on 16 Dec 2010, 11:08

8. kabir02 (Posts: 18; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

it is not recommended to do that just reduce the price so that every one can afford and need not to steal the i phone any more

posted on 21 Dec 2010, 09:10

10. MrJazzPurr27 (unregistered)

That goes to show you who still is number one 1, nobody is risking there life to steal some droids or blackberries lol.

posted on 01 Feb 2011, 20:33

11. dooter (unregistered)

ok - hmmm let me get this straight...

they steal phones from a store - which has all the ESN numbers and the inventory cataloged... how the heck do they activate them? or do they strip them down and sell them for parts??

doesnt make sense

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