With Apple stock hitting $700.00 a share today, I thought that I would take some time to post a story I read regarding the rise of iPhone thefts in the nation. It’s clear we need to all be more a little more careful with flashing our high-priced device.
According to the Federal Communications Commission, 30-40 percent of robberies in several major cities involve cell phones, including 38 percent in Washington, D.C. and 40 percent in New York City Las Vegas police broke up two rings of cell phone thieves on September 6.
The recent increase in cell phone thefts has prompted action from both the government and major wireless carriers.
In April, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, along with Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced new initiatives to combat the thefts.
Genachowski announced the creation and implementation of a database to prevent the use of stolen smartphones. With this new system, which is expected to launch in the coming months, a cell phone user can report their device stolen and their carrier will block the device from being used.
Officials believe that the registry will cut cell phone thefts. Even more dangerous is the threat of stolen personal information stored on smartphones.
“That’s what we’re most worried about, the tremendous amount of information these people are stealing,” Cassell said.
Beyond monetary consequences, many people are injured or even killed during robberies.
Hwangbum Yang, 26, a chef at a restaurant in Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art, was shot and killed during a cell phone robbery on his way home from work in April.
In 2011, 17-year-old Prince Watson was charged with the murder of Sally Katona-King, 68, when he shoved her down the stairs in an attempt to steal her iPhone, according to ABC Chicago affiliate WLS.
And device thefts are not limited to the street or coffee shops.
Last week, a California man was accused of driving his SUV through an Apple store in Temecula and stealing thousands of dollars worth of display items. The investigation is still on-going.
Be careful with your phones people. Be aware of your surroundings at all time. In this tough economic times, desperate people do desperate things.
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