Preventing iPod Theft

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  1. JayTraceur

    JayTraceur New Member

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    Preventing iPod Theft

    Introduction
    This thread is dedicated to preventing your iPod from getting stolen by Pickpockets, Opportunity Thieves and Muggers.

    Disclaimer
    All information in this post are on how to prevent being pickpocketed and are not promoting theft in anyway. I am not responsible for any negative actions in which you proceed to do after reading this article.

    Dictionary
    Here are some words which will pop up here and there in the following article.

    Dip - When the PickPocket goes in and takes your Property.
    Mark - The target of the theft.
    Fanning - When the Pickpocket finds out where your stuff is.

    What Makes A Mark?
    The Pickpocket will decide if your a mark by looking you up and down and seeing if you are an easy target and if you have anything worth taking on you; E.G Wallet, iPod, Phone.

    The following things will make you a good mark, if you do any of these things then I advise you to stop.


    • Keeping stuff in your back pocket.
    • Showing your iPod to everyone.
    • Having a headphone hanging out of your pocket.
    • Looking lost wherever you are.
    How The Pickpocket Distracts You
    The Pickpocket will almost always need a distraction to take your stuff, In most cases it will be a bump into you. In bumping into you, it takes your mind off of your pockets and diverts it to them bumping into you. An old saying between pickpockets is, "While a Mans mind is on his money, It can't be stolen".

    So try to keep your stuff out of your back pockets because it makes it all the more easier.

    How The Pickpocket Dips You

    The Pickpocket Will go to any length to remove the item from you. The following picture will show you how easy it is for someone to steal from you.

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    Now imagine that happening in the middle of town, in a huge crowd where everyone is bumping into you. You wouldn't feel it would you?

    Also a pickpocket will see if you have anything by fanning your pockets, Which is explained in the following picture.

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    How To Draw Attention Away From Your iPod

    Cases
    If your iPod stands out by having a shiny back with a nice apple logo on it, then everyone will notice it. While your thinking your all cool, some people are watching where you put it, so they can steal it later on.


    Having a nice case on your iPod also makes people look at it. So if you have a bright pink Speck Pixelskin on your iPod, people are going to notice it.

    So try to do the following things.


    • Get a case colour that doesnt stick out to much, such as black or grey.
    • Don't get a case that is to abstract.
    • Don't get a case that looks like an iPod.
    Headphones
    Having the iPod headphones also makes it all the more obvious you have an iPod. Try to get an alternative better set of headphones which aren't white so they don't stand out as much.

    If TheChungster could contribute to this section then I'd be greatfull.

    How To Put Off A PickPocket
    A Pickpocket will always try to get an easy mark, so having zipped up pockets with an additional clasp will definatly put them off you when theres a guy walking past with a wallet hanging out of his pocket.

    Also if your a girl and you have a handbag with a zip on it, that will also put off a pickpocket.

    Being in a group of friends will put off a pickpocket as they will get the crap beaten out of them if they are caught.

    What To Do If You Are Robbed
    Report the theft to the police who will scan through all available CCTV footage of the areas in which you tell them you have been. Chances are you will not get your iPod back. But you will raise awareness that pickpockets are about in that area.

    Do NOT post it in these forums that you have been robbed, just make a little post in this thread. Your not going to get any sympathy if you make a whole new thread about it.

    Tips And Tricks (UPDATED - 30/5/09)

    • Try to keep your headphones in your ears if your not even listening to anything, because then the pickpocket will think your listening to your iPod there for making it impossible to steal from you. Also if you put the headphone jack in a pocket different to your iPod pocket then it will further distract them.

    • Wear a longer shirt than normal, so that it goes over your pockets, which makes it even harder for a pickpocket to get to your goods.
    Summary
    Don't flash your brand new iPod Touch about as it will get stolen eventually. Keep your iPod at home if your going to the bar or shops and you know you won't use it. Don't take your iPod into town if you don't really need it.


    Remember this article and subscribe to www.youtube.com/touchmotion for more videos on case reviews and how to keep your iPod safe.

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    = IDEAL MARK

    Could a Mod please sticky this aswell?

    Thanks,
    Jay.
  2. daconcerror

    daconcerror Banned

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    nice instructions they will help a few people
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    touch_iPod Well-Known Member

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    Great work there, mate... I'll have a link to this handy guide in my signature also!

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    Nice job, so many people post about their iPod getting stolen(on here and other forums). Maybe this will prevent it.
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    Expect more updates to this post every now and then.
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    Can the mods get this stickied and posted on the main page?

    Also, thankfully I've got my touch protected in a plain-looking silicon case that makes the iPod look black... At least it's not so obvious as I take the train quite often and have it plugged in to music...
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    Yeah if the mods could sticky this and have it put on main page it would be great.
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    how ever steals my ipod they better run for their life cause ill kill them

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    Gringo, the thing is, you'll never even know your iPod has gone untill you next get it out.

    Everyone says they would feel their iPod getting taken. When in reality you can't. I stole everyones stuff in my Tech class without any of them noticing. Of course i gave it all back at the end, And everyone was like " How The f***!?!!"
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    Top two things not to do:
    1) Use non-Apple headphones that don't look like the stock ones that come with your iPod
    2) Leave your iPod in your pocket and pull it out ONLY when necessary.

    Must be a lot harder for iPhone owners though, because they need to use it as a phone and take it out every now and then.

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