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Would you risk personal injury to retrieve your cell phone?

Anonymous
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Question: Would you risk personal injury to retrieve your cell phone?

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Would you risk personal injury to retrieve your cell phone? No? Well, then you're in the minority.


According to a recent study, 68 percent of respondents said they would put themselves in danger to get back a stolen cell phone. Men were only slightly more likely than women to say they would risk harm to recover their phone.

The New York Times highlighted that a growing number of people are using "find your phone" apps to confront thieves.

Here's more from the report:

With smartphone theft rampant, apps like Find My iPhone offer a new option for those desperate to recover their devices, allowing victims like Ms. Maguire to act when the police will not. But the emergence of this kind of do-it-yourself justice — an unintended result of the proliferation of GPS tracking apps — has stirred worries among law enforcement officials that people are putting themselves in danger, taking disproportionate risks for the sake of an easily replaced item.

“This is a new phenomenon — it’s not simply running after the person to grab the phone,” said George Gascón, the San Francisco district attorney and a former police chief. “It opens up the opportunity for people to take the law into their own hands, and they can get themselves into really deep water if they go to a location where they shouldn’t go.”

“Some have been successful,” Mr. Gascón said. “Others have gotten hurt.”

Smartphones have become irresistibly delectable morsels for thieves. More than three million were stolen last year, according to a survey by Consumer Reports. Since 2011, cellphone thefts have risen more than 26 percent in Los Angeles; robberies involving phones were up 23 percent in San Francisco just last year. In New York City, more than 18 percent of all grand larcenies last year involved Apple products.

Victims are often desperate to recover their stolen phones, which, as home to their texts, photos and friends’ phone numbers, can feel less like devices than like extensions of their hands. While iPhones may be the most popular with thieves, apps that can track stolen phones using GPS are now available for most smartphones.

And although pursuing a thief can occasionally end in triumph, it can also lead to violence, particularly because some people arm themselves — hammers are popular — while hunting for their stolen phones.

In San Diego, a construction worker who said his iPhone had been stolen at a reggae concert chased the pilferer and wound up in a fistfight on the beach that a police officer had to break up. A New Jersey man ended up in custody himself after he used GPS technology to track his lost iPhone and attacked the wrong man, mistaking him for the thief.

The Red Eye panel weighed in this morning, with Joanne Nosuchinsky pointing out that this is a result of the high cost of buying a new phone, especially if you don't have insurance. Andy Levy asked whether Americans are just keeping way too much personal information on their devices and have become too dependent on cell phones.

"Should we just write stuff down and put it under our mattresses like the Founding Fathers intended?" he asked.

Posted by Anonymous on May. 10, 2014 at 12:14 AM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on May. 10, 2014 at 12:15 AM

bump

Ninjascreenname
by Gold Member on May. 10, 2014 at 12:17 AM
No. LOL. It isn't worth it for me to.lose my life over photos that are already backed up online.
UpsideDown
by Silver Member on May. 10, 2014 at 12:19 AM

Nope. I'm not that big of a risk taker. I can always get a new one.

Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on May. 10, 2014 at 12:31 AM

bump

My2Midgets01
by Silver Member on May. 10, 2014 at 12:34 AM

No... not worth the risk. I can get a new phone. Photos get backed up in cloud or on computer. No photo or object is worth the risk, IMO. 

thetrollcat
by Meow on May. 10, 2014 at 12:35 AM

um no..... I wouldnt...... my phone isnt really important

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on May. 10, 2014 at 12:36 AM
I would.
inspain
by Platinum Member on May. 10, 2014 at 12:37 AM

Hell no.  

Just this afternoon I dropped my cell phone into a grate over a rain gutter in front of a friend's house.  I gave her kid a buck to go retrieve it for me, an HOUR LATER.  

It was wet and scratched, but it works just fine.  If I won't bend over and stick my hand in a wide, clean grate to reach my stupid ass phone just five inches away, I'm certainly not risking my life.

Rhyinns.Mommy
by Silver Member on May. 10, 2014 at 12:37 AM
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Nope. I had my phone stolen and thankfully returned thanks to my pathetic text plea to the thief. I simply said "take the phone but send every picture on there to this phone because I can't get those back, I could never get pictures of my son back. Don't take that from me." My phone was returned with that message open and the response "I'm sorry" written but not sent. I was lucky.
Seagodess
by Ruby Member on May. 10, 2014 at 12:40 AM
No. My phone isn't that important. I don't keep anything that important on my phone for the very reason that it could easily get lost or damaged.
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