Monday, 11 December, 2017

Coachella crowds urged to keep cellphones safe

Coachella thief caught by Find My iPhone app after stealing 100 phones at festival A serial phone snatcher was caught after music fans used Apple’s Find My IPhone to track him
Edmund Wade | 19 April, 2017, 01:46

Reinaldo De Jesus Henao in a photo released by the Indio Police Department on 17 April, 2017. But, when thieves are detected using the "Find My iPhone" app, things become interesting, as they did at the Coachella festival in Indio, California. Hundreds of people fell victim to lost wallets and phones, and a major PSA was made regarding the outbreak. When people began to notice their phones were missing, many chose to enlist the help of their respective "find my phone" service.

Authorities are crediting the use of an app to find dozens of stolen cell phones at Coachella.

Tracking technology for smartphones, whether it's Apple's Find My iPhone or Google's Android Device Manager system, really can reunite you with a stolen or misplaced phone. According to the Indio Police Department, the attendees followed him throughout Coachella until he was detained by security. Officers said they found a backpack with more than 100 cellphones in Henao's possession.

Concerts and festivals provide rich pickings for thieves, where victims are likely to be distracted and have their smartphone and other valuables somewhere that's easily accessible. The annual music event is a flawless place for someone who is looking to steal cellphones, where a large number of people take their phones out to snap photos of artistes and music. "People carry their phones to have easy access to them, well if it's easy for you to access, it's easy for someone else to access".

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