iPad, iPhone theft warrants dedicated cops in NYC

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Tell your end users to hold on tight to their Apple devices, particularly if they're in New York. Theft of iPhones and iPads in the Big Apple has become so widespread that the New York Police Department dedicated a team of officers to help recover them, report Jamie Schram and Chuck Bennett at The New York Post.

The team starts by identifying the tracking number--International Mobile Station Equipment Identity number--of a stolen device and then gives the number to Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL). Apple then lets the cops know the device's location.

Stolen phones have been tracked as far as the Dominican Republic, but nearly three-fourths of them are found within the city. Part of the dedicated initiative is to combat the resale of stolen gadgets to unwitting buyers.

 "This technique of identifying stolen phones by their unique identifiers has been around for a number of years and is technically rather simple--the difficult part has been integrating with law enforcement to track down the stolen devices," said Kevin Mahaffey, co-founder of cellphone security firm Lookout.

For more:
- see Schram and Bennett's article at The New York Post

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