NYPD Uses iTheft Tactics to Retrieve Stolen iPhones

iPhone theft

A special task unit has been assigned to catching criminals and retrieving iPhones and iPads within the New York Police Department, and they’re working closely with Apple to get it done.

According to iDownloadBlog, the NYPD has a task force setup to track and retrieve stolen iOS-powered devices by working closely with Apple.

As noted in the New York Post

“The theft of Apple devices is so rampant in New York that a team of cops has been assigned to work with the tech giant to get the stolen gadgets back, The Post has learned. Every time an Apple device is stolen, detectives attempt to get tracking numbers from the victim or online records.

That number, known as the International Mobile Station Equipment Identity, is then shared with the officers in Police Headquarters who pass it on to Apple. The California-based company then informs the NYPD of the device’s current location — and it can track it even if it was reregistered with a different wireless provider.”

Theft of Apple’s products are alarmingly high and it’s nice that they’re doing something to curb some of the thefts by putting responsive measures in place to deal with the issues.