As Mayor Michael Bloomberg loves to tell anyone who will listen, New York is one of the safest cities in the U.S., baring little resemblance to the city’s dangerous streets of 1980′s and 90′s. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some problem areas. One of the biggest involves Apple acolytes who can’t seem to hold on to their devices. Last December, Mr. Bloomberg blamed an uptick in major crime on iPhone theft.
Now the New York Police Department is going a step further to protect and serve the Apple-loving hordes out there by forming a team of police officers dedicated to tracking down stolen Apple products. Priorities!
According to the New York Post, the NYPD will coordinate with Apple to track stolen iPhones and iPads. The police will pass the stolen device’s tracking number, known as an International Mobile Station Equipment Identity, to Apple, which can track a device even when the data carrier has changed or the device has been wiped. The partnership has led the NYPD as far away as the Dominican Republic to arrest a suspected thief in Santo Domingo.
“We’re looking for ways to find individuals who have stolen Apple products and return the products to their original owners,” said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne to the Post. “It is being done to learn the pattern who is stealing.”
All these resources marshalled because you can’t keep your damn hands off your Apple device on the street? We’re starting to understand the Android rage.