We know that iPhone theft is a major problem. How can we deter thieves from stealing iPhones? One way is to eliminate the market. Eradicate customers who would be willing to knowingly purchase a stolen iPhone. Police say stolen phones bought here are often resold overseas in places like China.
Undercover cops in San Francisco are walking around approaching unsuspecting customers to see if they would be willing to buy a stolen iPhone. When a customer says yes, they make an arrest. It's illegal to buy stolen equipment. You can read about this interesting story on the Huffington Post.