Don’t Want Your Apple Device Stolen? Use A MacBook Instead Of An iPad Then

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Despite the presence of the anti-theft Find My iPad solution, thefts of iPads (along with other tablets) have soared on UK railways over the past year. According to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, thefts of iPads are up 10 percent for 2013 — with only 2 percent of the reported 949 stolen units ever recovered by their owners. During that same period of time, thefts of laptops and computers fell by 22 percent.

“People steal what they can steal easily and can easily resell for a price that makes the risk worthwhile,” says Michael Levi, Professor of Criminology at the UK’s Cardiff University. “Laptops and computers often require more effort to gain access to, and their resale has a much narrower market since tablets and Kindles emerged.” Levi also noted that overall sales of laptops and computers are falling relative to the increased demand for tablets.

A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group has noted that, “Overall, crime on the railway has fallen, but the rise in some crimes will be a cause for concern for passengers, so we will continue to work closely with the police to crack down on offenders.”

Has anyone had an iOS device stolen while using public transport?

With the drop in laptop thefts, sounds like a compelling reason to choo-choo-choose a MacBook to us.

About the author

Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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