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Saturday, May 28, 2005

iPODs to Blame For High Crime Stats in London

From  "London - Britain's most senior police office has linked Apple's trendy iPod personal music player with a sharp rise in street robbery in London.  Metropolitan police commissioner Sir Ian Blair made the claim on Thursday after new figures showed a 26.4% rise in robberies — including street crime and theft of personal items — in April, compared to the same month last year.  "In street robbery our concern has been around the smaller portable pieces of kit — the new generation of mobile phones and iPods," he told the Metropolitan police authority.  "They have different coloured leads. It is very obvious when someone is wearing an iPod. That is what is fuelling this."  [Mark Godsey]

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