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In an effort to stop campus gadget and computer thefts, New York police are bringing an ID program to the New York University students.
On Thursday afternoon, police will set up an engraving station in a dorm lobby for students to bring their iPods, cell phones and computers. Operation Identification is part of a city-wide police program to ID valuables that was extended to the campus after an ongoing increase in “iCrimes.”
An infrared pen will mark student gadgets with a serial number that will be housed in an NYPD database, allowing police to access a description, model and owner information, should the device be recovered. After items are tagged, police can view the serial number by shining a light on it.
This isn’t the first iPod ID scheme we’ve seen at a school — one New Hampshire high school recently embarked on the same kind of program — but it is the largest. NYU has nearly 55,000 students.
Once again, it’s debatable whether ID-ing gadgets will prevent swiping or if it would be easier if Apple provided some sort of lock-down system after thefts.
What are the chances of an invisible serial number stopping a quick grab of an iPod in a dorm room at the end of a long night?
Via NYU news
Back to Books: Mac-less students Lucy Ramsdale and Paige Eversden. @Southern Times Messenger
Australian police are after an organized gang they believe is behind 80 Mac thefts from schools.
Nearly 80 Apple computers (laptops and desktops) have been ripped off from 15 schools in the state of South Australia this year, along with a number of screen projectors for a total loot count police place at about $90,000 ($100,000 AUD).
Thieves wore gloves to eliminate fingerprints and knew exactly how much time they had to get in and out — in one case only swiping half of the MacBooks available. The thefts took place at suburban schools, in one case a Christian K-12.
“At times there are individual computers taken but they’re more opportunistic thefts,” Chief-Inspector Dennis Lock told local papers. “The short time it took for the thieves to steal the computers before security arrived indicates this was a more planned, organized and coordinated attack.”
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A thief who stalked Apple customers telling them “don’t do nothing stupid” to induce them to hand over just-purchased products didn’t follow his own advice.
After robbing at least three people by stalking them from Apple’s SoHo store in New York, Dwayne Stewart got caught by using his real name to pawn the products nearby.
“Don’t do nothing stupid,” Dwayne Stewart snarled to one victim before grabbing his computer a few blocks from the Apple Store and running off, police told the NY Post.
Stewart was arrested after a person who bought one of the hot computers took it in for service at an Apple Store.
A worker there looked up its registration number and discovered it had been reported stolen.
Police traced the stolen computer back to Stewart because he used his real name at the pawn shop.
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Via NY Post
In Bridgewater New Jersey, the police blotter reports (between rock-throwing incidents and credit card theft) that someone managed to walk out of the local Best Buy with a MacBook from a display. Anyone else come across scenes of attempted five-finger discounts?
Here’s the report:
THEFT, 5:41 p.m. March 31: An employee of Best Buy reported that someone was able to remove a MacBook computer, valued at $1,800, from a display and leave the store undetected.
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Via My Central Jersey