Originally Posted by anonymouse
This is just part of Bloomberg's and Kelly's attempt to turn NYC into a surveillance state. Why anyone would hand over information about their cell phone to the NYPD with their history of Civil Rights violations is beyond understanding.
While I agree that the NYPD does violate personal liberties, simply taking the serial # of your iPhone is no big deal -- they do the same thing for bicycles for which they also provide a free engraving service. However, why the police are targeting the line of people who haven't actually bought their iPhones yet doesn't quite makes sense to me. Wouldn't it have made more sense to target the people coming out of the store with a new iPhone in their hands?
Furthermore, unless they happen to catch the robber committing another crime the same day and he/she has stolen iPhones on them, the chances of getting back your iPhone is nil. I had a car stolen about ten years ago and the cops laughed when I asked if there was any chance of getting it back. I really don't think they make recovering your iPhone much of a priority.
As for NYC, it's the safest large city in the United States. The murder rate (414) is the lowest it's been since they started keeping detailed crime statistics in 1963, 70% of the victims had criminal records and the vast majority were between people who knew each other.
I see tons of people every day using all kinds of devices on the subways and elsewhere in plain sight. I'm not sure I'd do that if I were riding the train at 2am, but at other times, I think it's pretty safe.