If you thought the idea of tracking down an iPhone thief with a hammer was total lunacy, know this: in a new survey, nearly 70 percent of people said they’d willingly put themselves in danger to recover their stolen phone.
The stats come from Phone Theft in America, a report released today by mobile security company Lookout. Conducted in March 2014, the comprehensive survey measures things like where, when and how phones are most likely to be nabbed, and how much money theft victims would hypothetically pay to retrieve all the data on their stolen device.
The New York Police Department has good reason to be concerned about consumers’ Apple products: theft of Apple hardware has risen 40 percent in the last year. Compare that to an overall four percent rise in crime and you have what almost sounds like a crime wave focused on iPods, iPhones and iPads.
Plenty of iThefts occur in the street, but NBC New York reports your beloved cuddle phone is in even more danger on the subway:
The NYPD is taking the 16 percent increase in subway theft lying down–by flooding the MTA with dozens of decoy offers pretending to be drunk or asleep, reports the New York Post. Although the NYPD won’t disclose the exact number of undercover offices being dispatched underground with iPhones and Kindles, the Post‘s source says “the backup is expected to more than double the number of cops currently conducting the stealthy underground operations.”
The officers are finishing up their five-day training program, “in which they have been taught how to behave like preferred targets — passengers who are knock-down drunk or asleep.”