iPhone 5 in pocket

You may remember stories from a few years ago that described how iPhone theft was becoming a serious problem. New York mayor Michael Bloomberg even claimed that iPhone thefts had contributed to an overall rise in crime in New York City in 2012. The problem prompted Apple to team up with Google, HTC and others to help put anti-theft measures in place on smartphones.

Apple’s own anti-theft measures appear to be working, as The New York Times reports that police in New York, San Francisco and London are finally seeing a decline in theft of the iPhone. The introduction of Activation Lock on iOS 7 has seen iPhone robberies drop 38 percent in San Francisco, 24 percent in London and 19 percent in New York, based on the six months before and after Apple released the feature… 

Activation Lock is a new feature built into Find My iPhone, making it harder for someone to break into or sell your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch if it is lost or stolen. When activated, the feature requires an Apple ID and password to turn off Find My iPhone, sign out of iCloud or erase and reactivate the device. Without knowing these credentials, the thief is completely locked out of the iPhone.

“The introduction of kill switches has clearly had an effect on the conduct of smartphone thieves,” Mr. Schneiderman told The New York Times. “If these can be canceled like the equivalent of canceling a credit card, these are going to be the equivalent of stealing a paperweight.”

The report also attributes an increased focus on educating consumers about the importance of setting additional security measures as another reason for the decrease in iPhone theft. There are still several iPhone users that are not tech-savvy enough to enable these features, however, so there remains plenty of work to be done before iPhone theft becomes even less of a problem.

Has your iPhone ever been lost or stolen?

  • luisenriqueec

    I live in South America, the only one that I still conserve is the Original iPhone 4GB, the 3G a guy entered armed to my house and point me in the head, the 3GS in the Bus, the 4 a 6 years old that sells flowers pick pocketed me, the 4s also pickpocketed in winter holidays to Argentina, and the 5 i don’t know if pick pocketed or just lost in Perú during summer holidays, Now i have an 5S that hope survives crime…..

    • Eni

      a 6 years ol pick pocked you, and how old are you? omg

      • luisenriqueec

        these kids lives in the streets and work in gangs, actually I took them to the police, i stayed there till 3am , they never confessed and they are to small to be processed, it’s a big mafia, they passed to someone else, so quick, you never know, I like traveling to US, nobody has ever stole me there, i was checking facts from my country:

        1.In 2012 there were reported 216,000 cellphones reported stolen – 18,000 a month.
        2.Between January and June 2013, Movistar reported a total of 36,956 stolen cellphones – 8 per hour.
        3. Numbers of victims of stolen phones never report them being stolen.

        The general rules is : if nobody dies the police won’t do anything. No blood no trouble

    • highNiggaPie

      Damn u must be a bitch if a 6 year old pick pocketed u and u didn’t do anything I would givin him a wedgie or something lol

      • luisenriqueec

        you have no Idea , how thing works here, I’m 30 but the 6 years have bosses with gun in the corner,

    • Rowan09

      Dude get an Android. Man you have bad luck.

      • Sachin

        Criminals don’t see if it’s iPhone or Android. Unless he is a psycho Apple fan.

      • Rowan09

        Thieves know what they are stealing in most cases. He could be using a Pearl and he could leave it on a bus and someone would return it. Lol

    • Kyle

      Move to America, get a gun and shoot them right in the face. Its your bad luck if you live in countries with gun control. No wonder the crime rate is so high there.

  • TiãoGavião

    No Brasil também 🙂 ninguém mais rouba nada, só a copa,

  • jack

    A black thief pointed a gun at my wife’s face and stole her iPhone5 and I locked it from iCloud. Neither of us are gonna use the phone at least.

    • highNiggaPie

      Lol a black thief? Thanks for letting us know

      • regkilla

        Says the guy with the n word in his username.

      • Eni

        maybe he meant “a thief in black clothes and mask” lol

    • cordell

      They can still use it to play music n stuff

    • sigh

      What was the point of mentioning the race…

      • ic0dex

        All of you that replied to his post are a bunch of vaginas. You get but hurt over the stupid things. A black man robbed him and and you guys are getting upset because he said “black thief”. I bet if he said a white man robbed me none of you would have said anything about him mentioning a white man.

        Why are you guys accusing him of being a racist just because he said black thief. Why us white people can’t use the word black anymore or should we just start calling all black people “African Americans” which 90% of them are not even from Africa which is a stereotype in itself. Or maybe we should start calling white people English Americans?

      • Julia Hustad

        Who gives a shit. He was just describing the thief.
        People get so bent out of shape with the whole “black” thing. Everyone is something and I”m sure people describe me a “white girl” all the time. Why is describing someone so offensive to people?

      • Rowan09

        Why does the race have anything to do with describing the thief for stealing a phone? Does the thief being black pose a different threat than a white or Asian thief in this example?

      • Rowan09

        The issue is that mentioning the race of the thief doesn’t do anything to the crime. If it was a white thief, Asian thief, etc, it’s obvious the person making the post wanted to identify the race specifically. Being black and a thief is not related at all so saying “black thief” is making it seem as if most thieves are black.

      • regkilla

        Most thieves are black.

      • Rowan09

        Really proof? Even if that’s the case why does it need to be mentioned in this case? Is he/she identifying the thief to the cops so needs to give a description? You don’t consider white collar crimes theft either do you?

      • highNiggaPie

        Wether he was white black Chinese or watever there’s no need to say that it has no significance in the story to say a black thief, this is what’s wrong with America

      • Alan

        It does have a significance in the story , idk whatever race you are but even you should know that they account for the most crime

      • highNiggaPie

        Black people commit the most crimes in the cities that are mostly populated by all blacks and in cities mostly populated by whites white people commit the most crimes so once again those “statistics” are irrelevant and in the end there’s no need to state someone’s race unless it has to do with the point of the story…the thief being black has no real point in what the guy said and you’re just as ignorant as him

      • regkilla

        U mad?

      • Rowan09

        Why do you hate black people? Did a black guy steal your girl/boyfriend? I apologize for the black race for that person(s).

      • Rowan09

        This is very simplistic. Who would you be more afraid of a black guy with a hoodie or a white kid wearing a trench coat? The criminal system is very bias so if arrests is what defines crime then this proves nothing. Do black people in poorer neighborhoods commit crimes yes and so does poor people in any bad neighborhood. White collar crimes are committed by mostly white people destroying millions of lives and yet those crimes get less time than a kid robbing a store with a knife.

      • regkilla

        your username is trash.

      • GambitGamer

        No one called him racists…

      • regkilla

        Thought so even if they didn’t say he was.

      • GambitGamer

        Since you can read minds, can read this girl I know? I think she might like me.

    • White Michael Jackson

      that’s crazy because a yellow thief stole mine

      • Alan

        Is this him?

      • mlee19841

        lol

      • mlee19841

        did he have a friend with him??

      • White Michael Jackson

        that fucker!

      • regkilla

        You’re not even funny.

      • White Michael Jackson

        like i give a shit.

    • Julia Hustad

      Hope your wife is fine. Scary. Very scary.

    • mlee19841

      lmao. let me guess did he have a suit and tie or was he the typical black robber .hahaha

  • Muhammad Ali

    no need of this blog sorry ,

    • Joe Rossignol

      What?

    • dialogueanalog

      no need for your comment. not sorry

  • Tim smith

    Quick question? Could a pickpocketer just take it and quickly pull up control center and enable airplane mode? Then u coulnt remotely lock ur phone. Then they could put it into recovery mode and restore? Or is there something to prevent this?( other than Disabling control center)

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      No, because if the thief tried to restore your iPhone, they would need to activate it, and since they did not disable the “Find My iPhone” feature in the settings of iOS, it would prompt the person to input the Apple ID and/or password before activation is initiated. Renders the device iCloud locked and cannot be used for anything but a paperweight.

      • mlee19841

        i concur.. u have to disable the findmyphone under icloud.

      • Tim smith

        But it’s in recovery mode

      • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

        It doesn’t matter if it’s in recovery or not.. If the iPhone is restored without disabling the find my iPhone then the thief is SOL without the Apple ID.

  • Jiří Málek

    My friend lost her iPhone and due to ActivationLock, the phone was sold for spare parts, no way the phone will ever get to her. That’s the downside of Activation lock.

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      At least her privacy is protected.. If I were her I’d look up my phone (disassembled or not) to see if it’s been reassembled and maybe iCloud can pick up a trace with find my iPhone. There’s still a way to get it back. Apple made sure of this

    • Rowan09

      Activation lock is a deterant like an alarm system.

    • mlee19841

      that’s a downside. but yea at least the stuff on it couldn’t be viewed and it was a big loss for the thief. since he thought he had a really good score.

      • Jiří Málek

        Well.. Locked iPhones are sold for a little less than half of the price here (16GB iPhone 5S costs $850 in CZ and locked costs about $400.. just a brand new display costs $250).. So it’s still a pretty good deal for thieves..

  • Framboogle

    So what was it like before activation lock? Surely you could still remotely lock your phone.

    • VITICO

      you was able to restore it and start fresh.. now you can’t

      • mlee19841

        before it was hookup to itunes and restore… on tmobile and att but verizon still has that lock where it can be placed on a list. so it cant be used on their service .

  • Dan

    too bad there’s no setting to make it explode once it’s stolen

  • NekoMichi Kobayashi

    *goes on eBay and searches “iPhone faulty iCloud”*
    *face palms*

    A lot of thieves are still stealing iPhones and just reselling them as “faulty” to unsuspecting buyers who don’t know that an iPhone stuck at Activation Lock is stolen and not faulty. And eBay won’t let users report listed items as stolen…

    • Rowan09

      I’ve been selling on eBay since 03 and if you get an item that’s stolen you can actually get your money back without sending back the item through Paypal. PayPal protects the buyers more than the sellers.

      • NekoMichi Kobayashi

        What about the stolen item itself? Would PayPal help you return it to its rightful owner? What I’m worried about are the items being stolen in the first place.

      • Rowan09

        Paypal wouldn’t know who the phone belongs to. Someone would need to file a police report and the police would contact Paypal. If it’s just one phone Paypal would refund the money and charge the seller, it’s multiple phones that’s new they would contact the people that purchase the phones and charge the seller.

  • mlee19841

    the comments here have me laughing for minutes straight…

  • Luis Martinez

    Does DFU mode not bypass all of this?

    • Rowan09

      No not anymore. You will be asked to put in your iTunes password after the restore to get to the home screen.

    • GzyOnline

      two weeks ago my neighbor showed me his kid’s iPhone.. It had been restored but not activated.. I thought a simple DFU restore would do the trick, since i’ve done it before.. To my surprise~ not_this_time! First i’ve ever seen–iTunes requiring the Apple ID (even after a DFU restore!?!).. Now, after reading this post-I know why!! ANYHOW~it is an iPhone 4, so I pwned it (iOS 7.1.1) with geeksn0w and it bypassed the Activation Lock!……… LMAO!! God, I love my jailbreak community!! ;-P

  • GzyOnline

    2 weeks ago my neighbor showed me his kid’s iPhone.. It had been restored but not activated.. He said they were at the mall, some girls were trying to turn the phone into one of those (atm)machines that buys used cell phones.. The girls freaked out and left with phone sitting there, so now they’re in possession of it.. I thought a simple DFU restore would do the trick, since i’ve done it before.. To my surprise~ not_this_time! First i’ve ever seen–iTunes requiring the Apple ID (even after a DFU restore!?!).. Now, after reading this post-I know why!! ANYHOW~it is an iPhone 4, so I pwned it (iOS 7.1.1) with geeksn0w and it bypassed the Activation Lock!……… LMAO!! God, I love my jailbreak community!! ;-P