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Thefts of cell phones on the rise across America
Fox News ^ | 10/21/2012 | Fox News

Posted on 10/20/2012 8:37:29 PM PDT by Dallas59

SAN FRANCISCO – In this tech-savvy city teeming with commuters and tourists, the cell phone has become a top target of robbers who use stealth, force and sometimes guns.

Nearly half of all robberies in San Francisco this year are cell phone-related, police say, and most occur on bustling transit lines.

One thief recently snatched a smartphone while sitting right behind his unsuspecting victim and darted out the rear of a bus in mere seconds.

Another robber grabbed an iPhone from an oblivious bus rider -- while she was still talking.

And, in nearby Oakland, City Council candidate Dan Kalb was robbed at gunpoint of his iPhone Wednesday after he attended a neighborhood anti-crime meeting.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: cellphone; robbery; theft

1 posted on 10/20/2012 8:37:33 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59
"in nearby Oakland, City Council candidate Dan Kalb was robbed at gunpoint of his iPhone Wednesday after he attended a neighborhood anti-crime meeting."

Perfect.

2 posted on 10/20/2012 8:39:28 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Dallas59
"I thought he was going to shoot me," recalled Kalb, who had dropped his phone during the stickup. "He kept saying, `Find the phone! Find the phone!"'

Said robber could rest easy that Kalb wouldn't rummage into a pocket and find, not a phone, but a gun. THAT was banned.

3 posted on 10/20/2012 8:41:29 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (cat dog, cat dog, alone in the world is a little cat dog)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

So next Apple needs to offer the iGun, which is a phone that can accept a 15-round magazine.


4 posted on 10/20/2012 8:44:49 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: bigbob

..people wouldn’t be loosing these things if they kept ‘em in their pocket, and not in front of their faces all the damn time..


5 posted on 10/20/2012 8:47:32 PM PDT by telstar12.5 (...always bring gunships to a gun fight...)
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To: bigbob

They could easily lock these phones down but want to make them easy to sell (steal?).


6 posted on 10/20/2012 8:50:22 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Dallas59

I’d suggest that phone owners also be issued small separate fobs with long lived nonrechargeable batteries, that can be activated with a button push to have tracking initiated on a lost, robbed, or snatched phone. A snatcher might dissolve into a crowd in a split second before a gun could be drawn. A tracked phone might lock its own battery compartment to make it difficult to disable it, and on option might also set a siren noise screaming.


7 posted on 10/20/2012 8:51:28 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (cat dog, cat dog, alone in the world is a little cat dog)
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To: Paladin2

Completely predictable.


8 posted on 10/20/2012 8:52:56 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: telstar12.5

With so many folks it’s like the world’s their telephone booth. What really looks whacky is a person gabbing a mile a minute on a hands free phone with Bluetooth earpiece, specially if it’s an “ethnic” woman wearing a shawl so you can’t see the earpiece. First time I saw and heard that, I thought the woman must have been talking to herself out of craziness.


9 posted on 10/20/2012 8:54:17 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (cat dog, cat dog, alone in the world is a little cat dog)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
I’d suggest that phone owners also be issued small separate fobs with long lived nonrechargeable batteries, that can be activated with a button push to have tracking initiated on a lost, robbed, or snatched phone. A snatcher might dissolve into a crowd in a split second before a gun could be drawn. A tracked phone might lock its own battery compartment to make it difficult to disable it, and on option might also set a siren noise screaming.

Apple iPhones already have this feature without requiring a fob:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/find-my-iphone/id376101648?mt=8

10 posted on 10/20/2012 8:55:09 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: South40

Dan, Oakland is LOST. Time to withdraw.


11 posted on 10/20/2012 8:58:15 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: bigbob

With an app that chooses the kind of bullet you want it to have. Hollow point? Safety slug? Flechettes? The appropriate gesture on the screen and micro-machinery customizes whatever’s in the chamber in a split second....


12 posted on 10/20/2012 8:58:35 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (cat dog, cat dog, alone in the world is a little cat dog)
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To: James C. Bennett

Having an emergency fob that can do it might prove handier than having to haul out another iThing.


13 posted on 10/20/2012 9:00:34 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (cat dog, cat dog, alone in the world is a little cat dog)
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To: South40

...yeah, and this is a problem i really could give a damn about..


14 posted on 10/20/2012 9:01:44 PM PDT by telstar12.5 (...always bring gunships to a gun fight...)
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To: Dallas59
How can this be so... are not cell phones now free, just like contraceptives?
15 posted on 10/20/2012 9:04:03 PM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: Dallas59; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
I warned them that they shouldn't have made them so small and odorless!


16 posted on 10/20/2012 9:04:55 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: bigbob
So next Apple needs to offer the iGun, which is a phone that can accept a 15-round magazine.

Looks like nokia beat 'em to it


17 posted on 10/20/2012 9:05:26 PM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: Dallas59
MY personal phone. Go ahead, try to steal it, chump!


18 posted on 10/20/2012 9:06:31 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Dallas59

Who buys these. It would seem like they would know as quick as you activated it that it is stolen.


19 posted on 10/20/2012 9:10:40 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Ignorance is bliss- I'm stoked)
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To: C210N

Instructions
(1) Shoot
(2) Call 911


20 posted on 10/20/2012 9:12:52 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (cat dog, cat dog, alone in the world is a little cat dog)
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To: Revolting cat!

I have a hard time visualizing you in high heels.


21 posted on 10/20/2012 9:34:18 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

There’s no place for the foot either


22 posted on 10/20/2012 9:38:14 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (cat dog, cat dog, alone in the world is a little cat dog)
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To: Dallas59
No need to worry.... Obama phones are free. Photobucket
23 posted on 10/20/2012 9:41:14 PM PDT by baddog 219
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Better models exist.


24 posted on 10/20/2012 9:43:26 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin
Who buys these. It would seem like they would know as quick as you activated it that it is stolen.

I have been wondering about this sort of thing for a while. I have an early model smartphone, an LG ENV Touch, which doesn't have a replaceable SIM card and is branded to only work with Verizon. In this case, I would think that once reported to Verizon, they could render the phone unusable, if not actually track it down using triangulation (it doesn't have GPS).

On the other hand, with all the new pre-paid services out there, unlocked smartphones with replaceable SIM cards are the norm, and the incredibly high retail price for them (upwards of $600 in some cases), I wonder if it's just a matter of replacing the SIM card, along with some "reprogramming," and the thief has their new smartphone.

I really am not up to date on the technology.

Mark

25 posted on 10/20/2012 10:08:27 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Dallas59

The stupidist theft of all. In seconds, a smartphone can be immobilized. ANd with many, especially iPhones, in seconds it can be located, and it’s thieves arrested.


26 posted on 10/20/2012 10:43:00 PM PDT by Arlis (.)
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To: bigbob

How about a self destruct charge of PETN

Push a button

Destroys phonae and the scumbag who stole it......


27 posted on 10/21/2012 12:20:53 AM PDT by njslim (St)
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To: njslim

How about a feature that with a push of a button remotely raises the phone volume to maximum, puts on the speaker phone, sounds a siren and howls “This scumbag stole me— This scumbag stole me” and repeats until the battery is removed (with a key!).


28 posted on 10/21/2012 1:08:47 AM PDT by cgbg (No bailouts for New York and California. Let them eat debt.)
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To: Dallas59

My phone is so old no one would want it. Battery is fully charged as I very seldom have it on.


29 posted on 10/21/2012 3:35:18 AM PDT by bikerman (How will Democrats stand up to terrorism when they can’t even face Fox News?”)
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To: Dallas59

I use a Samsung Rugby phone. It is made to mil-specs, waterproof, shock resistant, and ugly as sin. Nobody would want to steal it.


30 posted on 10/21/2012 3:47:34 AM PDT by Petruchio (I Think . . . Therefor I FReep.)
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To: Dallas59
This makes no sense to me.

If you steal my iphone, I can easily find it by using the “Find my iphone” app, leading me & police to the thief.

So, why would you steal something so easily tracked?

31 posted on 10/21/2012 4:11:32 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Dallas59

Anyone who grabs my cellphone will also receive a free .380 bullet from the gun I always carry in my other pocket.


32 posted on 10/21/2012 5:08:07 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: Mister Da

Providing the police will actually do something about it. I had my phone stolen, activated the app, found the phone, called the police and told them who had the phone and where. “Sorry Ma’am. You’ll have to take that up with Verizon. Nothing we can do.”

Called Verizon. “You’ll have to contact the police.”

I had the phone deactivated and put on the “stolen” list.
Checked a few days later. Not on the list. Put it on again. All told, I had it put on the stolen list four times before giving up and moving on.

THAT’S why people steal these phones.


33 posted on 10/21/2012 8:51:45 PM PDT by publana (Beware the olive branch extended by a Dem for it disguises a clenched fist.)
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