Theft of Gadgets Soars
Thefts of high-end consumer electronics have soared in recent years, with stealing of video game consoles nearly tripling over the past three years and laptop thefts up 32 percent. That's according to figures from the FBI, as reported by USA Today.
According to the FBI's National Crime Information Center, 128,280 laptops have been stolen in 2009, along with 42,615 video game systems and 39,454 cameras and 78,277 TVs, all of which are gains from last year.
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), according to the paper, asked the FBI for the data after constituents reported an increase in thefts of electronics. He said he plans to introduce legislation to create a database of identifying codes for cell phones, making it impossible for thieves to re-register stolen phones.