It’s easy to see why iPods would be alluring targets for criminals: The music players are valuable and easy to resell, and people absorbed in their personal soundtracks can be vulnerably oblivious to their surroundings. But could the temptation for stealing iPods be so strong that they’re behind an increase in the crime rate? Researchers at [the Urban Institute] say yes.
I’m trying to decide which part of this I find dumbest. That thieves prefer iPods to better devices, that a think tank would hold panel discussions about this subject, or that the think tank’s solution would involve “technologies that would render stolen gadgets useless” — which could mean you’re screwed if you ever forget your own pass phrase.