Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mom instructs her son to steal a smartphone

I don't often write about crime, but this is too absurd not to. The Post reports that a mom told her 3 to 6-year old son to steal a stranger's smartphone on the 3500 block of 14th. The instruction and the attempted theft were observed by plainclothes police officers whose beat was smartphone thefts, and the mom was arrested. The kid was referred to social services agencies.

This is ridiculous, I can't believe a mom would do such a thing. A pretty sad state of affairs.

And it also brings up the problem with smartphone thefts -- they're worth a lot and are small, and thefts are on the rise. Make sure when you're walking around you aren't using it without noticing what's going on, and if it does get stolen, you "brick" it, meaning turning it unusable and thus unsellable. WUSA says there's a database being set up by the major cell carriers to allow, but I'm not sure how to actually do it, or if you can yet. I believe you can do that by contacting your company, but I'm not certain. If you know how, please let us know in the comments.

You can also use apps like Find My iPhone to find it or erase everything on it, and here's a list of things to do if your phone is stolen. Some of it's common sense, but hey, doesn't hurt.

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