Apr 28 2013, 10:56pm CDT | by Gene Ryan Briones
In a move to combat the growing problem of phone thefts in San Francisco, a special group of policemen are going undercover, dressing as thieves and selling iPhones that are presumably stolen at insanely low prices. The main goal of the three-year old-operation is to kill the black market. San Francisco isn't the first state to implemet the ploy. New York and Washington already has a special task force in place for this ordeal.
"If they steal the phone but can't sell it, there's no market," says San Francisco Police Captain, Joe Garrity. "We're cutting the head off the snake." According to police, stolen phones are usually sold overseas. Places like Hong Kong and Rio de Janeiro are among the markets, Police added. In a survey conducted by Lookout, a mobile security firm that creates mobile anti-virus software and other safety systems for mobile platforms, it is estimated that the overall value of stolen phones in the U.S. alone is around $30 billion a year.
Gene Ryan Briones
Gene Ryan Briones (Google+) is a technology journalist with a wide experience in writing about the latest trends in the technology industry, ranging from mobile technology, gadgets and robots, as well as computer hardware and software.
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