iPad lock defeats ram-raiding thief

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The Maclock device securing an iPad to the counter upended the plans of this thief.
The Maclock device securing an iPad to the counter upended the plans of this thief.
Photo: 7 News Melbourne

When it comes to security and tamper-resistant devices, nothing beats the testimonial of a failed burglary attempt caught on camera.

A robber, who recently rammed his truck into an Australian electronics store, hit a snag when he tried to swipe an iPad encased in a double-lock kiosk made by Maclocks. Security camera footage shows him pulling with all his might and then giving up. With time against him, he wound up leaving the store with empty display boxes.

The iPad Enclosure Executive Kiosk by Maclocks.
The iPad Enclosure Executive Kiosk by Maclocks.
Photo: Maclocks

Maclocks specializes in antitheft hardware for Apple products. Its MacBook lock, the Blade, was featured last month in Cult of Mac.

The robbery attempt took place three weeks ago at Middy’s electronics store in the Melbourne suburb of Laverton North. According to news reports, the would-be robber spent 40 minutes parked in front of the story. He then left and returned, backing into the store with a pickup truck and crashing four windows.

A store manager estimated the damage to be between $30,000 and $40,000.

As the thief exited his truck, he ran toward a counter and tried to grab the iPad. It didn’t budge because of the Maclocks iPad kiosk. He then went behind the counter and grabbed a box before hurrying away. The boxes, for display purposes, were empty.

The store manager had purchased the kiosk about a year ago and sent the footage to Maclocks, who shared it with Cult of Mac.

Maclocks, which recently debuted a new design of the iPad kiosk as businesses ramp up Apple Pay, began manufacturing this particular iPad lock-down case about five years ago. A company rep said Maclocks fills about 100,000 orders for the $139.95 iPad kiosks each year.