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NYPD Snaps Photos of Unattended Electronics to Shame Owners Into Being More Careful

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Leaving iPads, iPhones, and other expensive iDevices in unattended vehicles is like presenting robbers with a big bow and note exclaiming “Please have me!” So, in an effort to crack down on a rash of car burglaries plaguing parts of Brooklyn, the police are going to shame you.

Officers are canvassing the yuppie enclaves like Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens to search for exposed electronics in parked vehicles, then taking pictures to send to their aloof owners. The police will then send drivers a stern warning regarding their dim-witted actions by using the car’s license plate to locate their address.

Captain Jeffrey Schiff told the New York Post that the automobile creepshots are intended to thwart thieves from ruining your Angry Birds high score. Also, it will make the neighborhoods safer.

“We’re trying to think outside the box,” said Mr. Schiff, who announced the educational operation at a community council meeting last night. “The whole idea is to prevent the crime from happening in the first place.”

No word on whether the creepshots will apply to non-smartphones, since thieves don’t really want those anyway.

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