It's true. New York Police Officers were seen distributing flyers with a "Public Awareness Notice" for Apple users. These are the same officers who were engaging in unconstitutional "stop and frisk" tactics. Now they are out in the streets pushing updates for cell phone makers. Does New York City not have crime and investigations that need attention? Apparently, they have enough spare uniformed officers for this "pressing issue."

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Apparently this update was so badly needed by the NYPD that they sought to get the information into as many hands as possible. They advocated the advantages of the upgrade as:

  • Should your device be lost or stolen it cannot be reprogrammed without an Apple ID and Password.
  • The download is Free

But the real kicker, after you upgrade, is that NYPD wants you to register your device with its Operation Identification Program. What will that do? According to NYC.gov's Crime Prevention Section:

Operation Identification is offered free of charge by the New York City Police Department. The program involves engraving an identifiable serial number with the letters N.Y.C. on all portable valuables such as computers, fax machines, copiers, etc. and registering only the number and the owners name and address with the Police Department. This program can be implemented by contacting your local Precinct's Crime Prevention Officer. The officer will loan you an engraver, which is used to mark all equipment.  Benefits from this program include:

  • Special New York City Police Department decals are issued which are affixed to windows alerting people that all property contained within, has been registered in this program.
  • The marked property is more difficult for a thief to sell.
  • Stolen property in the possession of a thief is easily traceable to its rightful owner.
  • Found property can easily be identified and returned to the rightful owner.

Well, this sounds reasonable, doesn't it? The question that should arise in people's minds, especially when dealing with those that have knowingly engaged in violations of the Constitution, is what else are they not telling you? Do they perform anything else on the device? Do they apply their own tracking devices? Is this really about crime prevention or control? After all, we know how tyrannical New York City's mayor and the state's governor are. I think these are legitimate questions.

TopInfoPost.com adds:

It is not clear at this time if these flyers are being handed out across the 5 boroughs or if they're being distributed in centralized locations. Several flyers have popped up with "72nd Precinct" printed on them while others show no such specific marking. According to 9to5mac, flyers are being handed out at Apple Stores "where people are walking out with new iPhone 5s/5c with iOS 7 installed" as well. Twitter users Tam Nguyen and Michael Hoffman began mentioning these "uniformed NYPD officers" handing out flyers as early as yesterday (September 21).

I have an iPad and have upgraded. However, I didn't do so because a police officer told me to. I realize the device can be traced, but I'm not handing it over to law enforcement to trust they have my best interests at heart, and I certainly wouldn't do that in New York City.

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