Since late November, retail stores in four states have been hit by nighttime burglaries
Apple (AAPL) doesn't like to talk about it, but its products have become a favorite target of robbers, pickpockets and burglars. According a reporter who covers the New York City Police Department, iPods and iPhones regularly top the list of items lifted from Big Apple subway passengers.
And now, as Christmas approaches, Apple Stores across the U.S. have been hit by a rash of smash and grabs.
A round-up of the most recent, courtesy of IFOAppleStore.com:
According to IFOAppleStore's Gary Allen, breaking into Apple Stores is a fool's game:
"Security features at Apple stores are well known to criminals, and include interior video surveillance, alarms to private alarm companies, and anti-shoplifting tethers connected to an audible alarm. Not so well understood is that all the products in the store have permanent identifiers, allowing police to enter the stolen items into the NCIC stolen property database, and for Apple to detect the products if they're brought into a store for service. The identifiers also provide ways for investigators to detect, locate and track the devices wirelessly.
"Lastly, stolen iPhones can be remotely erased and locked through Apple's Mobile Me service, and completely disabled as a telephone by carrier AT&T."
Below: A video of a Marlton, N.J. smash and grab that went viral in 2009:
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Burglars in Antwerp make off with $3 million worth of smartphones
Over the weekend, someone used a fire ladder to climb to the roof of a huge warehouse in Willebroek, a Dutch-speaking municipality in the Belgian province of Antwerp, cut a hole in the roof, and made off with 3,000 to 4,000 brand new Apple (AAPL) iPhones, according to reports in the Belgian press.
The crime, believed to be the largest iPhone MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 17, 2009 6:07 AM ET
One of the hottest videos on the Web today is the surveillance tape of a burglary in progress at the Sagemore Apple Store in Marlton, N.J, 12 miles from Camden.
It shows five perps in masks smashing the plate-glass doors, signaling to the security guard that they had a gun, and clearing off the display tables with the efficiency of a Indy 500 pit crew.
The take: 23 MacBook Pros, 14 iPhones MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 3, 2009 9:22 AM ET
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