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Sometimes the Idiocy of People bothers Me

 
 
Reply Sun 21 Oct, 2012 12:29 am
Cellphone thefts rise rapidly

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These brazen incidents are part of a ubiquitous crime wave striking coast to coast. New York City Police report that more than 40 percent of all robberies now involve cellphones. And cellphone thefts in Los Angeles, which account for more than a quarter of all the city's robberies, are up 27 percent from this time a year ago, police said.
"This is your modern-day purse snatching," said longtime San Francisco Police Capt. Joe Garrity, who began noticing the trend here about two years ago. "A lot of younger folks seem to put their entire lives on these things that don't come cheap."
Thefts of cellphones— particularly the expensive do-it-all smartphones containing everything from photos and music to private e-mails and bank account statements— are costing consumers millions of dollars and sending law enforcement agencies and wireless carriers nationwide scrambling for solutions.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49489003/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/#__utma=14933801.1835712822.1342465388.1350796341.1350800183.206&__utmb=14933801.1.10.1350800183&__utmc=14933801&__utmx=-&__utmz=14933801.1348559250.147.3.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=will%20akin%20drop%20out&__utmv=14933801.|8=Earned%20By=msnbc%7Ccover=1^12=Landing%20Content=Mixed=1^13=Landing%20Hostname=www.nbcnews.com=1^30=Visit%20Type%20to%20Content=Earned%20to%20Mixed=1&__utmk=153205304
it would be so simple to make phones which can not be connected to a carrier service if they had been reported stolen, but we have not so far bothered.

STUPID!
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Reply Sun 21 Oct, 2012 12:33 am
@hawkeye10,
In a somewhat similar situation, I lost a tracphone. Once I replaced it, and finally tracked down their number*, they transferred the remaining prepaid minutes to my current phone. I don't know if they killed the lost phone or not. It was a pretty dumb phone, anyway. It went for under $40.00.

*Finding the right number and working through the menu options was a tedious chore if I ever saw one
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Sun 21 Oct, 2012 12:41 am
@roger,
Iphones cost about $500, so of course the bad guys will want to steal them if they can be used after the theft. Did no one ever think about this till now, after this defect has become a big problem?

we dont have to look far for evidence of the decline of American common sense.

We used to be better.
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Reply Sun 21 Oct, 2012 12:47 am
@hawkeye10,
link here
roger
 
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Reply Sun 21 Oct, 2012 12:49 am
@hawkeye10,
Well, you picked up the technique quick enough.
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Sun 21 Oct, 2012 12:52 am
@roger,
thanks to Butterfly...almost reminds me of the day that I discovered control c and v!

btw, these super long ass links must be another form of idiocy, surely they are not necessary. some websites do it routinely though.
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