iPhone most coveted by thieves

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

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11 Comments

1. ltjustas

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

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

2. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

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

9. Mac man man man unregistered

HAHAHAHA!

3. TK unregistered

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

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.

5. maccmill

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 29, 2010

People who buy iphones deserve to have them stolen :P

6. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

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

7. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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.

8. kabir02

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 16, 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

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.

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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