Police contracted to guard Apple Stores in Sacramento following theft spree

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Apple has contracted a number of police departments in Sacramento, California to station officers at some Apple Stores, in a bid to increase security at its retail outlets following a long string of robberies by crews in the state.




Members of the Sacramento police will be stationed at the glass doors at the front of Apple Stores as part of the heightened security measures, reports CBS Sacramento. While the report specifies it is taking place in the Sacramento region, Apple is noted to have contacted several police departments, with similar initiatives potentially taking place in other areas.

The presence is also thought to provide assurance to customers that they will be safe, in the event someone attempts to steal the high-priced merchandise. While the police officers attending stores increases safety for patrons, the measure isn't costing the taxpayer anything, as Apple is paying the officers as part of a private contracting agreement.

Many stores based on malls already have a level of protection offered by mall security, but they are unable to perform their duties outside the mall property itself. Police officers are able to pursue further afield than mall security, with a greater chance of apprehending the thief or thieves.

The beefed-up security follows a spate of thefts at numerous Apple Store locations across the state over the last few months. The thefts have been quite brazen at times, with videos showing teams entering the store and acquiring goods before departing, and some stores being hit multiple times in a short space of time.

Multiple arrests have been made over the thefts, with charges brought against 17 individuals on September 30 for conspiracy to commit grand theft. It is estimated that the thefts have cost the stores more than $1 million in lost merchandise.
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  • Reply 1 of 28
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 29,891member
    Apple’s response to these thieves has been bizarrely slow, which is weird because the safety of other customers, not just lost merchandise, has also been at risk during these hits. They should’ve aggressively acted to protect customers first. In high crime areas, customers should be individually greeted by a friendly armed guard wearing a body camera recording system at the door.
    edited October 4 jbdragon
  • Reply 2 of 28
    Wow? You’re just the corporate security expert! Lol
    Rayz2016
  • Reply 3 of 28
    Apple’s response to these thieves has been bizarrely slow, which is weird because the safety of other customers, not just lost merchandise, has also been at risk during these hits. They should’ve aggressively acted to protect customers first. In high crime areas, customers should be individually greeted by a friendly armed guard wearing a body camera recording system at the door.
    I am surprized Apple did not invite them to just take more stuff. Those pesky shareholders might get upset, tho...
    SpamSandwich
  • Reply 4 of 28
    qwweraqwwera Posts: 238member
    I went to work in Sacramento this summer for a couple of months. And the memory of that time that I tell everyone is that it was the first time in my life that I went to a McDonalds with two guards standing out front. I was new to the city so I just wanted something familiar near by where I wouldn’t need to drive. Scariest McDonalds ever.
    radarthekatSpamSandwichrossb2watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 28
    mpantonempantone Posts: 1,343member
    The guards are stationed at that Sacramento McDonald's not to prevent theft but presumably to discourage drug deals.

    A San Francisco McDonald's recently closed because of ongoing drug activity.

    McDonald's is pretty much the lowest of the low, at least here in the USA. Not the case in other countries. McDonald's in Japan is a high-quality fast food operation. Their food is much better than the US stores.
    edited October 4 rossb2watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 28
    radarthekatradarthekat Posts: 2,570moderator
    Here in the Philippines there’s a guard outside nearly every store in the big luxury mall near my rental condo, and guards at every mall entrance.  There’s guards at every grocery store, gas station, bank (naturally), and restaurant.  Across the country there must be at least one million guards on duty at any given time.  That might even be a low estimate; they are everywhere!  In the condo building lobbies, at the entrance to every parking garage, at bus stations, ports, you just get used to seeing them everywhere.  And they are very helpful and friendly, for the most part. They can tell you better than an employee how to navigate the process at the Land Transportation office to get your local driver’s license, where items are in department stores, directions in the mall, I’ve even seen them assisting in unpacking boxes at retail stores and service stations.  The society here is very civilized, in my opinion, compared to many places in the United States, and the presence of helpful security guards, addressed as either “Guard” or “Kuya” (brother), is maybe one contributing factor.  
    edited October 4
  • Reply 7 of 28
    I would think a heavily armed security guard at the door would be enough of a deterrent to stop those young punks. It's good enough for banks and Apple has more money than most banks. Of course, those lousy crooks shouldn't be harmed in any way because this is America and even dirty thieves have their rights. /s

    It's a shame Apple has to "secure" their retail stores from such brazen acts of thievery. I'll bet this never happens to Microsoft retail stores.
    edited October 4 rossb2
  • Reply 8 of 28
    I wonder if the theives will just start targeting customers after they leave the premises. It would not be hard to save the stores and spot people to be tracked and robbed after the fact with the big glass front and conspicuous packaging customers leave with. Someone could easily sit in the parking lot and send a description of the car to others waiting to rob them.

    I guy I used to work with had a great night at a Casino and was followed by people who had been watching him. They waited until he left to go home and stopped at a gas station. He was carrying a huge pile of cash- so much his wallet would not fold- so he stashed it elsewhere in his jacket. When they stuck the gun in his back and told him to hand over his wallet, he complied. They got some cash and all his cards, but the winnings were in another pocket.

    I noticed something similar at the same Casino some time later when I had won quite a bit and noticed I was being followed. I contacted someone before leaving and they made sure to run interference as I left a short time later. He was tailing me and they stopped him- without accusing him of anything- until I had time to get to my car and get well down the road.
  • Reply 9 of 28
    Apple’s response to these thieves has been bizarrely slow, which is weird because the safety of other customers, not just lost merchandise, has also been at risk during these hits. They should’ve aggressively acted to protect customers first. In high crime areas, customers should be individually greeted by a friendly armed guard wearing a body camera recording system at the door.
    I am surprized Apple did not invite them to just take more stuff. Those pesky shareholders might get upset, tho...
    I'm a shareholder and it doesn't bother me at all.  I'm sure Apple is well-insured and Apple will simply raise prices higher to make up for any losses.  I'm more annoyed about the criminal justice system.  Those arrested knuckleheads will likely get a slap on the wrist and they'll be out tomorrow, ready to rob again.  Officers aren't even allowed to "take them down" with billy clubs anymore.  What a joke.  The crooks have no fear of the law.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 28
    boltsfan17boltsfan17 Posts: 2,016member
    mpantone said:
    The guards are stationed at that Sacramento McDonald's not to prevent theft but presumably to discourage drug deals.

    A San Francisco McDonald's recently closed because of ongoing drug activity.

    McDonald's is pretty much the lowest of the low, at least here in the USA. Not the case in other countries. McDonald's in Japan is a high-quality fast food operation. Their food is much better than the US stores.
    Not everywhere in the USA. We do have some pretty nice McDonald's here in California with the touch screen ordering like they do in Japan and other countries. The one I went to in Chicago recently was very nice. Just as nice as the ones in Europe and Asia. I think McDonald's is hit or miss in any country. The one I ate at in Seoul was terrible. I stopped in Dortmund driving to Denmark over the summer and that one was pretty good.
  • Reply 11 of 28
    eightzeroeightzero Posts: 2,151member
    davgreg said:
    I wonder if the theives will just start targeting customers after they leave the premises. It would not be hard to save the stores and spot people to be tracked and robbed after the fact with the big glass front and conspicuous packaging customers leave with. Someone could easily sit in the parking lot and send a description of the car to others waiting to rob them.

    I guy I used to work with had a great night at a Casino and was followed by people who had been watching him. They waited until he left to go home and stopped at a gas station. He was carrying a huge pile of cash- so much his wallet would not fold- so he stashed it elsewhere in his jacket. When they stuck the gun in his back and told him to hand over his wallet, he complied. They got some cash and all his cards, but the winnings were in another pocket.

    I noticed something similar at the same Casino some time later when I had won quite a bit and noticed I was being followed. I contacted someone before leaving and they made sure to run interference as I left a short time later. He was tailing me and they stopped him- without accusing him of anything- until I had time to get to my car and get well down the road.
    An old time Vegas resident once told me that the worst thing to happen to the town was when the feds showed up. Back in the good old days, the wise guys that tried to roll a customer woke up the next day face down in Lake Mead. 
    Rayz2016
  • Reply 12 of 28
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 29,891member
    mpantone said:
    The guards are stationed at that Sacramento McDonald's not to prevent theft but presumably to discourage drug deals.

    A San Francisco McDonald's recently closed because of ongoing drug activity.

    McDonald's is pretty much the lowest of the low, at least here in the USA. Not the case in other countries. McDonald's in Japan is a high-quality fast food operation. Their food is much better than the US stores.
    Having eaten at a variety of places in Japan, let me assure you that the quality and variety of foods available in the US, including “Japanese food”, rises far above that which is available in Japan. Plus, it’s less expensive in the US.
  • Reply 13 of 28
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 29,891member
    Here in the Philippines there’s a guard outside nearly every store in the big luxury mall near my rental condo, and guards at every mall entrance.  There’s guards at every grocery store, gas station, bank (naturally), and restaurant.  Across the country there must be at least one million guards on duty at any given time.  That might even be a low estimate; they are everywhere!  In the condo building lobbies, at the entrance to every parking garage, at bus stations, ports, you just get used to seeing them everywhere.  And they are very helpful and friendly, for the most part. They can tell you better than an employee how to navigate the process at the Land Transportation office to get your local driver’s license, where items are in department stores, directions in the mall, I’ve even seen them assisting in unpacking boxes at retail stores and service stations.  The society here is very civilized, in my opinion, compared to many places in the United States, and the presence of helpful security guards, addressed as either “Guard” or “Kuya” (brother), is maybe one contributing factor.  
    So... Duterte is no longer having people beheaded in the streets?
  • Reply 14 of 28
    qwweraqwwera Posts: 238member
    mpantone said:
    The guards are stationed at that Sacramento McDonald's not to prevent theft but presumably to discourage drug deals.

    A San Francisco McDonald's recently closed because of ongoing drug activity.

    McDonald's is pretty much the lowest of the low, at least here in the USA. Not the case in other countries. McDonald's in Japan is a high-quality fast food operation. Their food is much better than the US stores.
    Not everywhere in the USA. We do have some pretty nice McDonald's here in California with the touch screen ordering like they do in Japan and other countries. The one I went to in Chicago recently was very nice. Just as nice as the ones in Europe and Asia. I think McDonald's is hit or miss in any country. The one I ate at in Seoul was terrible. I stopped in Dortmund driving to Denmark over the summer and that one was pretty good.
    Yeah all the McDonalds Ive been to here in California have been relatively nice clean places to stop. I’m not saying the food is healthy but the places are clean. The Sacramento one was the first McDonalds i’ve been to where it was just plain gross.
    SpamSandwich
  • Reply 15 of 28
    boltsfan17boltsfan17 Posts: 2,016member
    qwwera said:
    mpantone said:
    The guards are stationed at that Sacramento McDonald's not to prevent theft but presumably to discourage drug deals.

    A San Francisco McDonald's recently closed because of ongoing drug activity.

    McDonald's is pretty much the lowest of the low, at least here in the USA. Not the case in other countries. McDonald's in Japan is a high-quality fast food operation. Their food is much better than the US stores.
    Not everywhere in the USA. We do have some pretty nice McDonald's here in California with the touch screen ordering like they do in Japan and other countries. The one I went to in Chicago recently was very nice. Just as nice as the ones in Europe and Asia. I think McDonald's is hit or miss in any country. The one I ate at in Seoul was terrible. I stopped in Dortmund driving to Denmark over the summer and that one was pretty good.
    Yeah all the McDonalds Ive been to here in California have been relatively nice clean places to stop. I’m not saying the food is healthy but the places are clean. The Sacramento one was the first McDonalds i’ve been to where it was just plain gross.
    The worst one I've been too was in Stockton. 
  • Reply 16 of 28
    qwwera said:
    I went to work in Sacramento this summer for a couple of months. And the memory of that time that I tell everyone is that it was the first time in my life that I went to a McDonalds with two guards standing out front. I was new to the city so I just wanted something familiar near by where I wouldn’t need to drive. Scariest McDonalds ever.
    No, the scariest ones are the ones that do not have the guards!
    qwwerarossb2SpamSandwich
  • Reply 17 of 28
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,243member
    I would think a heavily armed security guard at the door would be enough of a deterrent to stop those young punks. It's good enough for banks and Apple has more money than most banks. Of course, those lousy crooks shouldn't be harmed in any way because this is America and even dirty thieves have their rights. /s

    It's a shame Apple has to "secure" their retail stores from such brazen acts of thievery. I'll bet this never happens to Microsoft retail stores.
    Mall cops won't do squat.  Having a uniformed, REAL police officer that's armed sends a message that if you're that stupid, don't cry about getting your ass kicked by the police. :)

    I fully support this.  Should have been done ages ago.  Better yet, I like other countries I visited where the security wears camo gear, armor vests, and proper fully-automatic rifles.  I feel totally safe in those establishments. :)
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 18 of 28
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 5,605member
    Apple’s response to these thieves has been bizarrely slow, which is weird because the safety of other customers, not just lost merchandise, has also been at risk during these hits. They should’ve aggressively acted to protect customers first. In high crime areas, customers should be individually greeted by a friendly armed guard wearing a body camera recording system at the door.
    Omg, you are too much, hun. You really don’t understand Apple or it’s customer experience very well. This isn’t the Gaza strip.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 19 of 28
    davgreg said:
    I wonder if the theives will just start targeting customers after they leave the premises. It would not be hard to save the stores and spot people to be tracked and robbed after the fact with the big glass front and conspicuous packaging customers leave with. Someone could easily sit in the parking lot and send a description of the car to others waiting to rob them.
    Over active imagination. Apple customers are fine.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 20 of 28

    Apple’s response to these thieves has been bizarrely slow, which is weird because the safety of other customers, not just lost merchandise, has also been at risk during these hits. They should’ve aggressively acted to protect customers first. In high crime areas, customers should be individually greeted by a friendly armed guard wearing a body camera recording system at the door.
    I am surprized Apple did not invite them to just take more stuff. Those pesky shareholders might get upset, tho...
    I'm a shareholder and it doesn't bother me at all.  I'm sure Apple is well-insured and Apple will simply raise prices higher to make up for any losses.  I'm more annoyed about the criminal justice system.  Those arrested knuckleheads will likely get a slap on the wrist and they'll be out tomorrow, ready to rob again.  Officers aren't even allowed to "take them down" with billy clubs anymore.  What a joke.  The crooks have no fear of the law.
    Old guy rhetoric. Cops routinely shoot and kill unarmed suspects with little to no repercussions. 
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