There are well over 110 million iPods in circulation today. Everyday, even multiple time a day, we see people walking down the street with their ear buds in and music cranked up, oblivious to what is going on around them. This oblivious state make it very easy for low life petty thieves to run up (remember you can’t hear them creeping up because “Ace of Base – All That She Wants” is blaring), push you down and jack your iPod. Bingo Bango an easy crime that just scored them a $350 iPod to resell on the streets. In fact this crime is getting so prevalent that it’s got a new sweet nick name… iJacking!
Tonight Dateline NBC’s Chris Hansen and the makers of the funniest show on TV ‘To Catch a Predator‘ will be doing a series on iJacking. The show will consist of the standard ‘predator’ formula… absurd stats tossed around, scare tactics, funny characters to lure in predators & setting up iJackers to bringing them down on national TV.
I would suggest that you watch the show but if you can’t here is the number 1 tip to avoid getting iJacked.
CHANGE YOUR EAR BUDS. They stand out like a sore thumb and you will be a sitting duck. Go to any Best Buy-ish retailer and pick up a new $10 pair of hear phones because the perps won’t be able to tell if you have a new $400 video iPod or a tape player from you MC Hammer days and the playback quality will sound better.