It’s serious business when the NYPD puts together a team dedicated to working with Apple to stop iOS device theft.
According to a report from the New York Post, that’s exactly what’s happening. They will work to retrieve stolen iOS devices. Police work to get the IMEI of the device, and they send that information to Apple. The folks at Cupertino then locate the device and send it to the police.
Normally, we can use Find My iPhone, and that works very well, but this uses the devices unique identifier. Very cool, it will help find stolen iPhones and iPads, and may even help reduce theft because the chances of being caught will increase drastically.