NYPD aims to prevent iPhone theft, accepting signups for device registry at Apple stores


The iPhone’s unrivaled popularity has unfortunately made it a common target among thieves. Apple’s gadgets are far and away the most common items taken from unsuspecting victims in New York City, and with the release of the iPhone 5 the NYPD is stepping up efforts to combat such crimes. Today, officers have been dispersed to a number of Apple, AT&T, and Verizon retail locations to collect signups for the department’s Operation I.D. program.

Sign up at any NYC-based Apple Store

The NYPD hopes that by amassing a large database of owner contact information (and each device’s unique serial number), it will make selling stolen tech a much harder affair. And should criminals be apprehended with stolen property on hand, it would theoretically…

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