technology and crime

Technology used to stop crime: Don’t buy a looted iPhone, it will never work; and other cases

24 Jun , 2020  

Unlike Android, Apple has figured out a way to discourage people from stealing iPhones.

As the number of iPhones stolen in looting increases, thieves are going to try selling them — but Apple has disabled all of them.

There is a reason professional thieves steal iPhones from people far less than before, and even more reason why they rarely take demo units from Apple Stores.

technology and crime

How Technology helped solve crime: IRS using Google Maps to spy on taxpayers

22 Jun , 2020  

One more thing for taxpayers to worry about. From the Daily Caller:

. . . A redacted IRS letter dated Sept. 8, 2011 reveals that at least in one case the IRS’s examiners used photos of a property, obtained through Google Maps, as evidence to revoke the 501(c)(4) status of a homeowner’s association.

technology and crime

How Technology Killed Auto Theft

20 Jun , 2020  

Technology has made it very difficult to steal cars made after about 2000.  The old cars that can be stolen are not very valuable.  If it wasn’t for old Hondas retaining some of their value, auto theft would be down even further.  From the New York Times:

. . . 1990, the city had 147,000 reported auto thefts, one for every 50 residents; last year, there were just 7,400, or one per 1,100.

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More evidence that deterrence works: Since Apple’s “Activation Lock” debuted, thefts of iPhones has gone done even while thefts of Android phones has increased

19 Sep , 2014  

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Lowering the return to crime makes it less likely to occur.  In these diagrams, there are several possibilities about what is happening: either thieves are switching from the iPhone to Samsung devices, simply deterring criminals from stealing iPhones, and/or all cell phone theft is being deterred (possible if criminals aren’t sure what phone someone has before trying to steal it), but that the effect is larger for iPhones because of Apple’s “Activation Lock.”  …