The New York City Police Department recently created a new team that will focus on one thing: retrieving stolen Apple products. It might seem awkward on the surface – why shouldn’t the department chase every stolen phone? – but the goal is to try to figure out who and where the mobile thieves are.
“We’re looking for ways to find individuals who have stolen Apple products and return the products to their original owners,” NYPD spokesperson Paul Brown explained to the NYPost. “It is being done to learn the pattern who is stealing.”
The process is rather simple. The NYPD will ask a victim for his or her IMEI number and then will work with Apple to try to locate the position of the lost property. The team is already finding success. Browne said that one thief who had been selling stolen iPads was regularly taking a specific bus. So the team camped out at the bus stop, found the burglar, and arrested him.
Of Apple devices that are stolen inside of New York City, 74 percent end up being found within the city’s limits.