Apple Joins Hands With NYPD To Track Down Stolen Devices
Mobile theft is one of the major concerns for users in many parts of the world. Each year a significant number of stolen phones are reported and since the last couple of years, the Big Apple has recorded the largest number of mobile and tablet thefts specially when it comes to the Apple iPhone and the iPad. Approximately 3,890 devices were either reported missing or stolen in the 2012 with people started lodging complaints against the California based tech giants for not having a proper centralized database for stolen devices. Furthermore, user’s have also complained that the company has failed to keep regular checks on those devices which have been either stolen or repaired.
Throwing light on the aforementioned dilemma, Apple have now decided to take steps to curb this problem before it starts to slither out of its hands. Apparently, the company has come into agreement with the New York City Policy Department (NYPD) to locate and and identify the stolen, repaired and missing iPhones and iPads. The NYPD has formed an official team which will work directly with Apple to track down the stolen devices with the help of the IMEI number. Once the device has been traced, the information gets directly sent to the police who in turn retrieve the lost/stolen devices. Here’s what the New York Post had to say bout this,
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 re-registered with a different wireless provider.
This indeed is a positive step and and as far as we understand, Apple are heading into the right direction with this new found alliance. Mobile carriers including AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint have all joined hands with Apple in their expedition to curb the thefts and have agreed to co-operate by sharing their entire database of stolen devices. Currently the entire team is working on a database that will track the serial number of each stolen device rendering them completely inoperable across the United States.