NYPD urges iPhone 5 owners to be smart and register device

NEW YORK Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:55am EDT

A customer reaches for his new Apple iPhone 5 phone while holding an NYPD registration form to register the serial number at the Apple Store on 5th Avenue in New York, September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A customer reaches for his new Apple iPhone 5 phone while holding an NYPD registration form to register the serial number at the Apple Store on 5th Avenue in New York, September 21, 2012.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Smartphones do not necessarily make for smart owners.

In response to a sharp spike in iPhone thefts from unwitting consumers this year, the New York City Police Department will station officers at Apple Inc. sales locations throughout the city for Friday's release of the new iPhone 5.

The officers will help customers register iPhone serial numbers, or engrave them with unique identification numbers prefaced with the letters "NYC."

So many iPhones and other smartphones have been reported stolen this year that they have driven up citywide grand larceny and robbery statistics, police said.

More than 4,174 Apple device thefts have been reported in New York City this year, up 55 percent over last year, according to the New York Post. An NYPD spokesman did not immediately respond to requests to confirm these statistics.

Anyone with a valuable electronic gadget can register the device with police stationed at 21 Apple sales locations throughout the city on Friday, or at any city police precinct.

Prices for the new iPhone 5 range from $199 to $849, depending on phone capacity and service plans.

(Reporting by Chris Francescani; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Jackie Frank)

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victor672 wrote:
Not all smart-phone owners are smart.

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