Beware of Apple Picking - iPhone Theft

by katiem2

Protect yourself from “apple picking” iPhone theft as thieves steal Apple phones right out of users hands selling them for as much as $300.00. If you have an Apple iPhone read this

The term “apple picking” refers to what thieves are calling their new and very successful scam on the general public. They seek out iPhones because the black market for these phones is very lucrative with thief’s getting as much as $300.00 dollars for the iPhone 5. There is no type of iPhone safe from “apple picking” as thieves pick victims they feel are easy targets.

Apple picking is also a means by which these thieves can steal your identity. Read this warning now to learn more about “apple picking” how it happens and what you can do to protect yourself from attack.

Apple Picking – iPhone Theft Epidemic

Anyone using an iPhone in public is at risk of "apple picking"

Thieves are perfecting a new attack on the general public that being “apple picking”. Thieves select Apple iPhone users carefully. They tend to pick anyone they don’t think can out run them or catch them as they often pick phones right out of the users hand as they swoop by on a bike. These apple pickers also choose places where people have their guard down usually in crowded areas such as malls, sidewalks, restaurants and cafés. These brazen thieves will pick an Apple phone from the hands of anyone they think they can.

Security Tether for iPhone

Where Apple Picking Occurs

Apple picking can happen anywhere phone users have their phones out in public.

The criminals perpetrating this crime can be on foot, runners, cyclist and more. If you’re out in public and using your iPhone you are a target. Most people have their guard down while on their phone and yet while in use your phone is a gold mine to thieves. While you are on your phone they can access your private information as they don’t need the password because the phone is in use. They quickly change the password or security code in the personal settings while the phone is still in use just being snatched from your hand.

Protect Yourself From Apple Picking

The best defense against “apple picking” is awareness

The first defense against apple picking or iPhone theft is awareness. The reality this type of thing goes on makes you think twice about the manner in which you use your phone. The biggest targets are anyone thieves feel is a good bet. If you are mindlessly talking or texting with hand extended away from your body plus carrying other things apple pickers run by quickly grabbing your phone from your hand. It is very easy for these criminals.

Think twice about how and where you use your phone. Stop and be deliberate about your cell phone use all the while being aware of your surroundings. The iPhone user must learn to be aware of their surroundings and the use of their phone to avoid such theft.

The Most Common Victim of Apple Picking

While anyone can be a victim of apple picking older victims are prime hits for thieves.

As mentioned before anyone who seems to be unaware can be a victim of this new phone theft and yet older people are prime candidates for this theft.  The apple pickers feel and in fact have learned it’s easy to take a phone from the hands of an older person and they don’t tend to run after them.  In fact most victims of this crime both young and old are so caught off guard they stand frozen in shock doing nothing. By the time they process what just happened the thief is long gone. In fact many don’t see the criminal as they disappear in the crowd.

Warn friends and family of this crime and think twice about buying your tweens and teens with an iPhone as they too are prime victims thieves will not hesitate to hit. 

Identity Theft

Once a criminal steals your iPhone while apple picking they access your phone stealing your identity.

Most iPhone users use their phones for banking, shopping and social media. This allows thieves to steal your money and identity. Once they gather and steal your personal account information they later sell the phone to the black market sending your life down the chain of other thieves. What a night mare this can be. Protect your phone with careful awareness and adding the Security Tether for iPhone as seen above. 

Watch Apple Picking in Progress

See video of real life and time apple picking happening in areas around you.

Watch the video below to see "apple picking" first hand.

Updated: 03/04/2013, katiem2
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katiem2 on 05/16/2017

DerdriuMarriner, Yes indeed precaution is the best defense, not obsessive just take precautions.

DerdriuMarriner on 04/11/2017

katiem2, Unfortunately, iPhones and all their apps are so convenient that people everywhere use them confidently ... and trustingly. After reading your article, I had some grocery shopping to do and noticed how customers are quite trusting by turning to pluck something from the shelves or the refrigerated section while leaving their cells on the cart. Just those few seconds are long enough for something to happen even though store security cameras hopefully should catch it all.

katiem2 on 10/07/2013

Ivan, Ew thanks good to know, I've been wondering what quirks would come with this new iphone security feature.

Ivan on 10/07/2013

There is no apple picking of the new apple iphone with the thumb identification id that is if you can afford it BUT thieves have cracked away to unlock the iphone and reset the finger print access changing it to their own. So that's not going to protect you from apple picking. Be careful of iphone thieves no matter what type of iphone apple you have.

katiem2 on 03/04/2013

Wournos, I find it funny thieves only target one of the most expensive phones available, you'd think Apple would protect it's customers from profitable theft due to the iPhones easy to switch user/owner capabilities... Once a phone is stolen it should be rendered useless to anyone other than the original owner.

Wournos on 03/04/2013

Good article. And good thing I have stuck with my lame Ericsson. I doubt anyone wants it. ;)

katiem2 on 03/02/2013


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katiem2 on 03/01/2013

Jerrico, Good for you, thanks for doing your civic duty much appreciated. You've no doubt saved that man a lot of heart ache and he would have been a prime candidate for apple picking.

Jerrico_Usher on 02/28/2013

I was at the Safeway/store today and saw an old guy talking on an iPhone, immediately I remembered to tell Michelle about your article and I told her loud enough (on purpose) so the guy heard me :) it was funny because he actually stopped talking on it and looked around!

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