iPod Muggings Will Go Through The Roof (and word of warning)

BakedBeans

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iPod video will surely rise the rate of muggings, people will take these out of their pockets to view on trains, planes and busses (something you didnt have to do when listening to the ipod just for music) this is going to show people exactly what you have and a sweet looking ipod with a cool video on it will be a major attraction to theives, do you think it will get worse?

word of warning: just be-careful when your out and about with your new ipod videos
 

macOSX-tastic

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i never thought of that side of it:eek:

i wont be getting one anytimje soon anyway, as my 30GB photo does the job. we cannot buy tv episodes in the UK yet, and i have no videos worth watching on an ipod. that's why i got a powerbook.

i like to keep mine in my pocket, and will be getting an airclick for it so i can just use the remote.
 

Lacero

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Nah, muggings will go down because there are so many iPods out there.
 

Applespider

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BakedBeans said:
word of warning: just be-careful when your out and about with your new ipod videos
Don't think it will be any worse than currently. Most people don't advise having your iPod out in the open unless you're changing it anyhow. It will be just like the Met warnings about don't use your phone in public places in case you get mugged. Same idea; don't use your iPod to watch video in potentially dodgy places.
 

Abstract

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So the signature white earphones don't give it away?

And like Lacero/edesign said, iPod muggings will go down because there are so many out there anyway.

Maybe people with nice mobile phones like an O2 or a Sony S710.....the ones with the huge screens and are obviously nice phones, should walk around in fear as well.
 

gwuMACaddict

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you do make the good point that people will look silly for staring at the little screen... but you cant go around worried about being mugged all the time
 

BakedBeans

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liketom said:
don't get mugged then ..
yeah, and soldiers, dont get shot in the face

oh, and dont get hit by a bus... and win the lottery.


ipod music only = in your pocket, up through your jacket into your ears.
ipod video = out infront of everyone on the bus etc...

it makes sense, so enough of the wise cracks please
 

BakedBeans

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gwuMACaddict said:
you do make the good point that people will look silly for staring at the little screen... but you cant go around worried about being mugged all the time
when did i say they should go around being worried about it, i just think a side effect of this will mean its out on display by the nature of this thing.

dont worry about it just use sense, especially if your a 14 year old kid or a girl.

it makes sense.
 

BakedBeans

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Abstract said:
.the ones with the huge screens and are obviously nice phones, should walk around in fear as well.
in which part of my post did i say 'walk around in fear"?

i take it people havent seen that advert (might be uk only). its very tongue in check where teenagers are speaking to their 'attackers' saying things like 'look at my brand new mobile photo, im going to leave it in my bag in a minute and leave it hear, feel free to steal it and run away'. it has the tag line "dont advertise to criminals"

im just suggesting that people using their new ipod video will entice criminals but 'advertising' their new ipod
 

mad jew

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Three posts in a row is probably more dangerous to your health than running around with a video iPod on a subway. :p

I agree with Abstract that there have always been the white earbuds as a dead give-away. IMO, the only reason there may be more muggings is because the iPod will actually be out in the open and therefore easier to grab. As for the argument that the more iPods out there means less theft - that's only accounting for the slightly lower demand on the thieves' behalf for iPods but not the fact that there is a much larger population of iPods and therefore it is now easier to steal one.

Did that make sense? Do I need to go to bed?
 

Abstract

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Most people should do the same, since people generally just use whatever set of earphones that are included. Should they just not use the iPod when people are around?

Or what about people in Australia who don't WEAR jackets? Those wires will be hard to hide, no? I wear very little clothing as it is.
 

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BakedBeans said:
ipod video = out infront of everyone on the bus etc...
Just because it's capable of video, it doesn't mean that that's all it does. I see many people (including myself if/when I get one) still using it for music, but having movies as a nice extra
 

Josh

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An iPod's max value is $399.

A credit card has a max value of at least 5 times that, yet we've been carrying them around for years without mass hysteria.

Why the sudden panic now?

If someone is going to go through the trouble of mugging you, I think whether or not you have an iPod is the least of their worries.
 

devilot

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Josh said:
An iPod's max value is $399.

A credit card has a max value of at least 5 times that, yet we've been carrying them around for years without mass hysteria.

Why the sudden panic now?

If someone is going to go through the trouble of mugging you, I think whether or not you have an iPod is the least of their worries.
Yes but when the CC is stolen, the owner will usually cancel that account rendering it useless. That iPod will still work. That iPod will still contain music. That iPod can still be sold for what would be a profit for that thief.
 

eva01

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ah see here is what you do with your iPod if you are getting mugged.

You have your headphones plugged in so you have that part sticking out of the iPod, if someone tries to mug you you slam that sticking out part right into the persons temple.

trust me the mugger will not be getting up for quite a while after that.
 

Mac_Freak

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I think it is time to attach a mouse trap to the back of an iPod, that should stop some sticky hands. :D But then, how am I going to control it? :confused:


:):D
 

Koodauw

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This thread has inspired me!

I was all set to plunk down $299 for an iPod Video, but then I read this and thought... humm... I have all the accessories I need. Time to go mugging. You guys / gals better watch out.

*que the dog with shifty eyes*
 

watcher2001

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Josh said:
An iPod's max value is $399.

A credit card has a max value of at least 5 times that, yet we've been carrying them around for years without mass hysteria.
As posted by someone else but agreed to by me.. A credit card can be cancelled therby rendering it useless. Also do you walk around with your credit cards out staring at them?

Josh said:
If someone is going to go through the trouble of mugging you, I think whether or not you have an iPod is the least of their worries.
True, most criminals will not attempt to mug you unless they think it is worth their while.. I think the point here is that if you have an iPod out, in the open, staring at it with your full attention, then you are inviting someone to mug you.