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Watch Out! Robbers Love iPods!

Of all the expensive gadgets and items people carry on their person with them everyday, the iPod seems to the universal must-have item for robbers and bullies. The trouble is, everyone and their mother walks down the street with their white headphones on, drawing attention from some unfriendly iPod bandits. Here's more:

In San Francisco, an increase in iPod robberies over the past two years prompted police to run undercover stings. BART officials have begun placing flyers at stations warning riders that the telltale white earbuds could make them targets for iPod theft.

In Berkeley, police issued a public warning after 16 people were robbed of their iPods in the first two months of the year, including one case in which a 12-year-old boy armed with a pocketknife mugged two women less than 10 minutes apart.

According to the SF Chronicle, a $300 iPod can go for $20 or $30 on the streets. While my first suggestion is Apple should make an iPod with pepper spray, there are some safer ways to keep your iPod, or any expensive gadget save. How can you avoid being a victim?

Don't be a victim: Ways to reduce robbery risk

  • Be alert while wearing headphones. Keep the volume low enough to hear people approaching. Look behind you now and then and pay attention to others around you.
  • Replace the distinctive white earbuds with older headphones that suggest cheaper equipment.
  • Don't walk or exercise alone at night with your iPod.
  • If you think someone is watching or following you, go to a crowded spot, ask for help and call police.
  • Record the serial number of your equipment.
  • Engrave identifying information (free with new iPod purchases online) on the back of the device.


Join The Conversation
kwestin kwestin 10 years
You may also want to look at GadetTrak ( it is a service that installs a small bit of software on your device. When it connects it phones home to a server to see if it has been reported stolen or not. If it has it collects information about the environment the system is plugged into including location, username, computer name, internal network address, IP address and more.
sinsational sinsational 10 years
OMG, I enjoy freely my iPod, never thought in any danger because of it, now i will care more, thank you for the notice.
miss-britt miss-britt 10 years
gosh now i gotta fear for my life about my ipod gets stolen geesh. ****"Everything in life is only for now."-Avenue Q****
NYShuls718 NYShuls718 10 years
What is the world coming to!?
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 10 years
lostbronte- i love jim too! i got my ipod stolen in Calie (d@mn the OC!) 2 years ago. i felt so violated! it's like a double whammy, cause you got robbed, but you also don't have your tunes. :(
IlovemyGeek IlovemyGeek 10 years
The ear buds for my ipod kill my ears, they rub them the wrong way or something. I use the external type and I keep my ipod video in a case. If i'm working out, I never bring my video, only my mini just in case.
lostbronte lostbronte 10 years
OMG I love Jim from The Office! I love The Office. That is my life--I am Pam. And btw, I try not to be unaware of my surroundings when using my 'Pod. That's the wisest thing. Live without fear and carry pepper spray or a Taser, people! Sure, avoid bad situations, but don't let fear of the bad guys control your life!
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 10 years
I do not use the white headphones. Now comes my nerdy side, i use a hip pack to store my iPod so that nobody notices it. And when I don't feel like listening to a song, I hit next through the material, I never take it out while I'm outside...
StefaPie StefaPie 10 years
I keep mine in my pocket at all times, and I make sure to use non-descript headphones. And really, the iPod headphones are AWFUL, they have the worst sound quality, when using them I had to blast the music just to hear all of the parts of the songs. People should be using different headphones for that reason alone.
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