Smartphones Lure Sticky Fingers in Paris

Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 09/01/2011 21:12

Aggravated robberies are up more than 40 percent in the Paris public transport system, and the government places blame for the rise on the attractiveness of smartphones.

The interior minister, Brice Hortefeux, calls it the "iPhone effect," and the police talk of thieves' "going to pick apples" on the Métro. While Métro thieves seem to find iPhones particularly attractive, usually fetching at least $200 and sometimes as much as $400 on the street for some upgraded versions, smartphones in general have become a favorite target, the police say.

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