Be aware of your iphones on trains
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#1
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Be aware of your iphones on trains

or any high-value phones for that matter.

source : NDTV news web site
Link : http://www.ndtv.com/article/cities/mumbai-rajdhani-attendant-aide-caught-with-36-stolen-iphones-474918?pfrom=home-cities

full article..
A 29-year-old train attendant, working on the Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani Express, was taken into custody after railway police found nine iPhones in his possession, as he alighted from the train at Mumbai Central railway station on Wednesday.

The Government Railway Police (GRP) later arrested the attendant, identified as Pintu Prabhakar Sarkar, after it came to light that the high-end mobile phones were stolen from New Delhi and from passengers travelling in the Rajdhani train.

During Sarkar's interrogation, he revealed that he was on his way to deliver the stolen merchandise to his accomplice, who had checked in at a lodge in the vicinity of the station. Cops rushed to the lodge and picked up Wasim Shaikh from Apex Guest House in Mumbai Central. The police recovered another 27 iPhones from Shaikh.

iPhone racket

Police said the duo were involved in a sophisticated racket wherein the iPhones robbed in Delhi were brought to the city and handed to the phone company's service centre. The accused would claim that the phones had some defects, after which the unsuspecting service centre would replace it under the warranty period. The phones outside the warranty period were sent Bangkok.

"They used to steal the iPhones from Delhi and from the Rajdhani train. The stolen property was then brought to Mumbai. Fake purchase bills were made of the phones, after which they would take it to the Apple service centre. The service centres used to then replace the purportedly defective phones with new ones.

If any phone was out of the warranty period, they would send it to Bangkok, get it unlocked there, and change its IMEI number," said Rajendra Trivedi, senior police inspector, GRP, Mumbai Central. Police said the racket was unearthed as a result of the intensified checks at the railway station ahead of Republic Day. Police constable Maya Mane had stopped Sarkar during a security check at platform number 5.

"During the check, our constable found nine phones in Sarkar's bag. When he was asked for the purchase bills, he could not answer the constable. That's when she realised something was amiss and took him for questioning. During interrogations, he spilled the beans on his accomplice, whom we later picked up," said Trivedi. Police said investigations were on and more arrests were likely.

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#2
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and on buses, trams, metros, in taxis, autos , restaurants etc etc etc

PS Adam. Do you get a commission for posting links to news sites? :D
#3
| Humble Genius
#4
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Originally posted by: Dave W View Post


PS Adam. Do you get a commission for posting links to news sites? :D


my current situation prevents me from accepting payments, and i suppose it is a 'no-no' in the small-print clauses of this forum.

i think you are trying to get me to confess to something [my ineptitude, i gladly confess], and then BLAM. :)

i trust when someone says something, i can either accept it at face value, or go look for the same news on the wider net.

my linking is a mere attempt at helping others avoid the next step.

and then i do not want to quote someone's effort as my own, so i attribute it to the source.

and with the internet links being so transitory, i feel appropriate to post some or all of the article in quotes.

some of the habits are ingrained, others are past-lessons-learnt from IndiaMike.

and the procedure of posting links gets refined over time, sometimes i save the link for more than a week, just to see if someone else will post the news [and also give me a chance to consider if i really want to post it on IM].

single-window service, if you please.
#5
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I was merely asking with a view to improving my finances. Train tickets don't grow on trees. :D

It must be a major quandary for you deciding whether or not to post links to articles that contain capital letters.
#6
| Loud Noisy Bird
Phone theft? Welcome to the modern world.

In London, you keep your phone in an inside pocket, think twice before revealing it in public, and never, for instance, rush to use it just as you leave a tube (underground railway) station.
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#7
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Originally posted by: Nick-H View Post

Phone theft? Welcome to the modern world.

In London, you keep your phone in an inside pocket, think twice before revealing it in public, and never, for instance, rush to use it just as you leave a tube (underground railway) station.


Eh? Nick, you need to get out more :D

Morn to night most everyone on the tube and bus here in London have their phones/kindles/ipads/ipods in their hands listening to music, WhatsApping or playing games on them. I am more careful however on the night buses (post 1.00am) but they are generally so crowded at weekends that they are pretty safe.

My 17 year old nephew once got mugged at 8.30am, en route to St. Paul's School from Hammersmith Station, but that was 7 years ago. Incidents do happen, every day, but I am more wary of crossing the road than of getting mugged.

Pickpocketing, bag theft and mobile theft in crowded places is rampant, all over the world, but on a Rajdhani train from Bombay to Delhi, my phone would most likely be on my person.
#8
| Maha Guru Member
Train/Bus etc places are breeding ground for these things.Also there are cute female pickpockets too. :D

Always take care of it.
#9
| Humble Genius

Originally posted by: ViShVa View Post


Pickpocketing, in crowded places is rampant, all over the world,


...tell me about it. [cry]
#10
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Originally posted by: Nick-H View Post

Phone theft? Welcome to the modern world.

In London, you keep your phone in an inside pocket, think twice before revealing it in public, and never, for instance, rush to use it just as you leave a tube (underground railway) station.


Do you really think so? Sounds quite paranoid to me. On my frequent tips to the capital absolutely everyone has an iPhone in hand - practically all the time. Out of all the main capitals London is a place where I don't mind walking around with camera, laptops etc. I would argue central London is very safe, especially compared to other western cities comparable in size, at least.
#11
| Loud Noisy Bird
Must be the places I used to live [Blush].

And my London experience is way out of date: moved out end of 2005, haven't even visited for four years.

But... Is India safe for a lone iPhone?
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#12
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Originally posted by: Nick-H View Post

Must be the places I used to live [Blush].

And my London experience is way out of date: moved out end of 2005, haven't even visited for four years.

But... Is India safe for a lone iPhone?



Single White iPhone or other colors as well? :confused:

#13
| Loud Noisy Bird
Well, all those iPhones, although brightly coloured, are modest and chaste in their dress. I think they will fit in here very well.
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#14
| retired
nine iPhones in his possession



People keep an eye on their phones, so to get 9 on one train is amazing, I'd guess the 9 were stolen from different carriages by different attendants, and he was the one taking them off the train.

(I've not read the article)
#15
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Originally posted by: Nick-H View Post

Well, all those iPhones, although brightly coloured, are modest and chaste in their dress. I think they will fit in here very well.


Bur will the Khap Panchayats approve?

http://www.indiamike.com/india/masala-chai-and-chat-f90/women-persecuted-for-their-phones-t200027/