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September 24, 2012

NYPD Encourages Owners to Register iPhone 5 Serial Numbers

By Oliver VanDervoort, Contributing Writer

With the launch of the iPhone (News - Alert) 5, we have seen plenty of reports of companies actually changing the way they approach their business when it comes to the smartphone area. Sprintrealized that there was so much hype surrounding the iPhone 5 that the iPhone 4S might end up sitting on the store shelves gathering dust. T-Mobile (News - Alert) went the other way, hoping that they can actually capitalize on those who may not want to shell out a bunch of money to upgrade, or those who were unhappy with their current carriers. 

It wasn’t only private companies that had to change their approach to events with the launch of the newest iPhone. The New York Police Department has launched an initiative that is geared towards stopping iPhone 5 thieves before they can get started.

The NYPD says that there are a number of different ways you can make sure that no one gets their hands on your iPhone if you don’t want them to. The top solution, according to the police department, is to register your iPhone 5 through their Operation I.D. program. The program is as simple as registering your iPhone’s serial number with the police. This approach will make it that much easier if you happen to have your phone stolen and they later find it in an arrest.

Apple (News - Alert) has already built in a mechanism you can use should your iPhone by stolen with the Find My Phone application and registering the serial number seems to just be an extra step in making sure that you can actually get your phone back should it be stolen. 

The NYPD had actually set up shop outside of Apple stores in New York City on Friday, trying to get people to register as they walked out of the store with their new device. Writing down the serial number, brand name and brand number, and keeping that information in a place where you will always find it is a good idea for any smartphone user. Should your phone get stolen and then recovered, having that information could mean the difference when trying to actually get the phone back.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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