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With the iPhone 5 now reaching customers on the first day of availability, the New York Police Department has a large presence today at Apple's retail locations in New York...
09-21-2012, 11:12 AM #1
NYPD Looking to Crack Down on iPhone 5 Theft
With the iPhone 5 now reaching customers on the first day of availability, the New York Police Department has a large presence today at Apple's retail locations in New York for the purpose of helping new iPhone 5 owners register their freshly-purchased device.
The goal, naturally, is to help cut down on iPhone 5 theft. Dubbed the "Anti-Apple Picking Campaign," the NYPD is enthusiastically backing this free service which makes every iPhone registered capable of being traced by its serial number (which is stored in a database along with the device owner's name, phone number, and other pertinent user data.
"The theft of Apple phones and other hand-held devices drove the spike in robberies and larceny this year," says Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. "Individuals alert to their surroundings are less likely to become victims, and Operation ID will help those whose property is lost or stolen to get it back."
Members of the public are invited to bring their portable electronic devices to NYPD personnel stationed at any Apple retail store, and the other locations, to register their devices. Such valuables may also be registered at any time through the crime prevention officer at any police station.
According to details contained in today's announcement, the NYPD will be at the city's Apple Stores for the time being, in addition to "select Verizon and AT&T locations."
Source: The Gothamist
09-21-2012, 11:31 AM #2
hopefully this will make theft of iDevices go down. Does anyone know when we want to register the valuables would we need to show proof of purchase?
09-21-2012, 11:47 AM #3
With all the images out there of a true NYPD vehicle, you would think the writer of this article would have done just a bit more work to get that image.
09-21-2012, 12:18 PM #4
09-21-2012, 12:40 PM #5
I think we should all take a moment to congratulate the NYPD for solving all other forms of street crime.
09-21-2012, 12:44 PM #6
damn guess i have to find a new source of income now
09-21-2012, 12:48 PM #7
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09-21-2012, 12:50 PM #8
What a waste of tax payers money.
Sorry but I think they have better things they should be more worried about.
If it's such a big deal maybe Apple should pay more money in better security guards instead of wasting good tax payers dollars, obviously Apple doesn't seem to care and I dont believe it should be the local law department's job or priority.
09-21-2012, 01:27 PM #9
NYPD is doing this to reduce their workload, and to be able to increase their recovery of stolen iDevices. By being there to register devices as soon as people buy them, they can increase their chances of actually being able to help victims of theft. That's one place I can say that law enforcement is doing a good job.
09-21-2012, 01:50 PM #10
"Individuals alert to their surroundings are less likely to become victims"
That's a notion anyone with common sense should practice, especially with high end phones such as an iPhone.
09-21-2012, 01:59 PM #11If I can't mod it...I don't want it.
09-21-2012, 02:31 PM #12
Hey! Gimmie yo iPhone dawg!
09-21-2012, 03:03 PM #13
09-23-2012, 03:35 PM #14
Well kudos to the NYPD.
Nice to hear that somewhere on this great continent cops are being cops because up here in vancouver and district B.c. Canada its the cops you have to worry about mugging you for your idevices!
09-25-2012, 02:22 AM #15