Apple's mobile devices have been targeted by thieves since the iPod debuted years ago. As the iPhone 5 goes on sale, New York City police are taking a proactive step towards protecting customers.
Today, Gothamist reports that NYC police will be at the 5th Avenue Apple Store asking iPhone 5 buyers to register their device's serial number. It's a part of the Operation I.D. program, which involves registering the device's number and the owner's name and address with the police department. If your precious gets stolen, having that information in place could drastically reduce recovery time.
So if you see the Thin Blue Line at the Apple Store, let them help you out. It could save you from some aggravation in the future.
[Via Ars Technica]