Statistics show that the percentage of iPhone ownership in San Francisco is very, very close to the ratio of 1:2, which clearly places it at the highest rate of any major city in the US. This does not come across as a surprise considering how the city’s population has a soft spot towards Apple, and not only that, it would naturally mean that the percentage of iPhone theft in this city would be the highest among all major cities, too. Police in the city have been having a rather tough time in tackling this issue, so the long arm of the law decided that it might be great to try something different – that is, by going undercover and selling boxes of the iPhone which was donated by Apple to those who are interested in picking up “stolen” units.
According to San Francisco Police Captain Joe Garrity, he compared this strategy to cutting the head off of a snake. Garrity said, “If they steal the phone but can’t sell it, there’s no market.” Of course, there will still be howls of complaints of entrapment, mainly from the public defender’s office. What do you think of this strategy, and will it help prevent iPhone thefts?