If this had happened in the United States, the FBI would have spent millions of dollars from taxpayers money and employed an overseas company to unlock the suspect’s iPhone but back in the United Kingdom things are calm and traditional.
To prove this, one can look at this recent incident reported by the BBC in which the Metropolitan Police were investigating a fake credit card crime ring in the country scamming people. The main suspect of this ring was Gabriel Yew who other than faking cards was also known for his involvement in other criminal activities and connections with gangs dealing with luxury goods in other parts of Europe.
The police department was stuck in the middle as Yew was using a separate phone for his criminal activities and authorities were certain if they got their hands on his iPhone it will reveal much more than fancy apps. At first, they thought arresting him may work but their next thought was what if he refuses to hand over his pin code to unlock the iPhone?
The detectives then decided to fake a street robbery and snatch his iPhone whenever he gets a call. This way, his phone would be unlocked and police can get incriminating evidence. When the operation began one of the detectives snatched iPhone from Yew’s hand while others made sure Yew didn’t fight back.
Upon successful snatching, detectives had no other option but to keep on swiping its screen to avoid getting it locked meanwhile the cyber crime unit was downloading its data. Jackpot for the department they found enough evidence to send Yew to prison. Police also traced his factory where fake cards were being printed.
What do you think about the latest tactic from the U.K. Police?