Can the new iPhone software change the economics of street crime? Perhaps

TouchID (262x486)The economics of petty theft is an interesting chicken-and-egg game. That’s how New York City police officers recently ended up imploring consumers to download the new iPhone operating system, iOS 7. They want you to be the egg.

Last week, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman was among leading law enforcement officials calling on consumers to install the new software because of its security features.

“While it is too early to tell if [the new operating system’s] Activation Lock will be a comprehensive solution to the epidemic of ‘Apple Picking’ crimes that have victimized iPhone and iPad owners around the world, we believe it is a step forward and strongly urge iPhone users to download iOS 7,” he said in a statement, also signed by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón.

That sent police officers onto subway platforms to pass out fliers, urging the download of the new software.

“ATTENTION APPLE USERS!!!!” the printout said. “By downloading the new operating system, should your device be lost or stolen, it cannot be reprogrammed without an Apple ID and password,” and directed users to Apple’s website.

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BOB SULLIVAN is a veteran journalist and the author of four books, including the 2008 New York Times Best-Seller, Gotcha Capitalism, and the 2010 New York Times Best Seller, Stop Getting Ripped Off! His latest, The Plateau Effect, was published in 2013, and as a paperback, called Getting Unstuck in 2014. He has won the Society of Professional Journalists prestigious Public Service award, a Peabody award, and The Consumer Federation of America Betty Furness award, and been given Consumer Action’s Consumer Excellence Award.

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