NYPD has a group dedicated to recovering stolen iPhones

Have you heard of “Apple picking?” It's the term that police have been using to describe thieves who literally walk up to people and snatch their iPhones right from their hands. It's brazen, but apparently really effective as well. A quick Youtube search results in plenty of videos showing thieves snatching phones from unsuspecting users.

The problem is becoming such an epidemic that the New York City Police Department has created a dedicated group to help locate and return the stolen devices. According to CNN, the team was created last year after the department saw a spike in Apple product thefts. The NYPD's deputy commissioner said that while the overall crime rate in New York City increased by 3% last year, it would've actually decreased if you discount iPhone thefts.

Details on how many people are in this group and how successful it is are lacking. However, the NYPD says that 75% of stolen phones and tablets stay within the city boundaries, and even the phones that leave the city still usually remain in the state. Apple did not make a comment on this venture, but the NYPD said that the company has been helpful.

Source: CNN | Image courtesy of NewSourceMedia

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Have you heard of “Apple picking?” It's the term that police have been using to describe thieves who literally walk up to people and snatch their iPhones right from their hands.

I did say the thieves are doing them a favour.... LOL

Jokes aside, I never met a thieve that is ballsy enough to steal a smartphone from a person using it on their hands. If someone did that to me, I would've punched their face in.

Agreed.

I had some punks come up and demand I give them my iPod years ago. I just laughed and kept on walking.

If it were NY and a gun was involved it would have been a different story however.

The small crime can lead to a larger ring of crime so this can be a good thing. and they probably mean all phones, its just the media putting there spin on it

Well, iPhones may not get malware...but I would much rather deal with it than have to worry about getting my phone yanked. Pretty ballsy tho to go up and just steal someones phone like that.

So I guess they use everyone taxes to create special team, but the team only cares about those who use Apple products? Wow how's nice !!!

And people wonder why the economy is in the craps... It's stupid excessive laws doing half-baked regulations of stuff that doesn't need to be regulated. Social security and medicare? Important. And I wonder why those programs are threatened with cuts to spare oil company tax loopholes and provide funding for retarded laws like this one. But why is America willing to sacrifice the basics that we all take for granted and then create iPhone police? My friends, this country is getting stupider by the day. Political arguements grow out of common sense ordeals. We use our technology but it controls us and we forget that it's obviously a waste of money to enforce this law. Besides, why should the government take care of something that could easily be avoided if people actually thought? Besides, why only iPhones? Are they that much more important? I'm so sick of seeing people get free government phones and use them for texting and the rich get their toys replaced with the money of the middle class. When does middle class America get protection? Why don't we get government freebies and bail outs like the rich and poor? We don't exist anymore. Keep it up and we'll have it worse than a third world country after we destroy the middle class to give toys to the rich and poor. And I'm a democrat by the way, but as a middle class American I'm sick of propping all these system abusers up. What about us!?! I support giving the poor some benefits though, but I just hate always baring the brunt of taxes (tax cuts are almost always for the rich) while simultaneously being expected to bust my butt working for these two groups that although not all in them are abusers, far too many are. I hope I didn't offend anyone, but I'm just sick of the system's stupidity. It caters to the poor for the vote and the rich for lobbying money.

Ezekiel Carsella said,
why would ya want to steal one of those?

Exactly... but I guess they're easier to spot than all the other non-iPhones that are way better.

A group dedicated to recovering a single manufacturer's products? How pathetic. Either recover _ALL_ mobile phones or disband it.

n_K said,
A group dedicated to recovering a single manufacturer's products? How pathetic. Either recover _ALL_ mobile phones or disband it.

Agreed.

Breach said,
Apparently there's no interest in non-iPhone related smartphone crime ;-)

Probably easier to pawn off since they're so widely known. No where near the best though.
I guess the crack-heads found an easy way to make some quick cash/trade for some rock.