Thursday, August 25, 2005

Hey, That iPod is MyPod

As reported by MacWorld UK

Thief brings Apple retailer's stolen iPod into store

One iPod thief has been caught red handed, and red faced, by staff at Apple retailer KRCS.

Adrian Smith, manager at the Nottingham-based Apple reseller, had his iPod stolen from his car last weekend.

Fortunately for Smith, the cable-less criminal walked into KRCS just days later, seeking cables for a "suspiciously familiar-looking iPod".

Smith told Macworld: "I immediately recognized it. I told the bloke I’d have to try different cables, and when I plugged the iPod into the Macintosh it came up as 'Adrian’s iPod' straight away."

A quick-thinking Smith told the 'customer' he’d have to check the iPod further, and while fellow staff-member Iain McKechnie kept the thief talking, Smith called the police, who recognized the description Adrian gave of the man and responded instantly.

An arrest was made on the spot, with Nottingham city police congratulating Adrian on his instant recognition of his own property and prompt reactions.

Apple could easily integrate security into the iPod by integrating a lost and stolen database into the Apple website. If the iPod is stolen and connects/syncs with the iTunes Music Store - a message could come up - please bring your iPod into the Apple Store OR just disable data transfer on the iPod.

Of course, of the greatest security features of the iPod - being the best reason to buy it from Apple directly - get your iPod engraved with your name and phone number.


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