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Thursday April 24, 2014

Smartphone Theft Up, Cash Robbery Down in NY

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The rise in innovative, personal technologies has caused a shift in the trends of NY crime. According to an NYPD study, approximately half of the robberies in NY in the past 10 months has involved some sort of gadget rather than cash. Furthermore, of all the cellphones stolen during that time period, 70% of them were iPhones.

Patrick Timlin, Deputy Commissioner of Operations, called for an internal report, which outlined a strategy of additional sting operations and better record-keeping, for retaliation against this rise. More specifically, police would act as thieves offering to sell stolen goods to black-market pawnshops and bodegas. In addition, the report suggests a campaign for broadcasts to be made in movie theaters and subway stations warning and reminding people to be wary of their property.

Last August, Sen. Chuck Schumer proposed for phone companies to adopt a similar system to the one implemented in Europe, whereby a master database stores the identification of each phone number, which allows the disabling of stolen devices. However, according to the New York Daily News, phone carriers are reluctant to oblige due to the high cost of administering this technology.

NY Daily News