Some looters have found these days that devices they’ve stolen from Apple stores have been rendered useless upon detecting that they have illegally removed from the store. If anyone can use technology to protect themselves against theft, it is technology companies like Apple. The iPhone maker has designed an anti-theft system to discourage looters from taking phones from their stores.
Among the protests demanding justice for the murders of black people by police officers in the United States, looters have infiltrated the confrontations to rob shops, some of them Apple retailers. They have nothing to do with protesters demanding a less racist society, but thefts, in the case of Apple products, have not been of much use to them.
Although Apple products are of great value, these opportunists have found that by moving away from stores, mobiles are useless. Apple has spent years using a proximity anti-theft security system that discourages thieves from looting their stores.
The CEO of Tim Cook sent a message when the protest movement began. Defending that fight against the institutional racism that continues in the country and much of the world. At that time, Apple decided to re-close its stores in the United States. Days after having reopened them after the COVID-19 quarantine due to the looting.
With this measure, Apple wants to protect customers and employees in its stores. Meanwhile, the stolen products protect themselves with security software. That detects that the device is illegally moving away from the Apple store. As they not connected to the WiFi network of the store in question. The iPhone and iPad have a switch that blocks them.
Examples of the message that products show when they detect that they are no longer near the store have seen on social networks. Looters can read: “This device has been disabled and is a track. Local authorities will be alerted.”
On the other hand, Apple has decided to make donations to different action groups against racial injustice. Such as the non-profit Fair Justice initiative. If you want to create some changes. We have to reevaluate our views and actions in light of the pain that is felt profoundly but often ignored. Stated the letter from Tim Cook.