A report from the Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C. think tank, suggests that a recent spike in robberies can be explained by the ubiquity of iPods and other portable media devices, Ars Technica reports. The authors seek to explain a puzzling trend: After a decade of falling steadily, the rate of robberies rose strongly in 2005 and 2006, but other property crimes did not rise. The study, by John Roman and Aaron Chalfin, notes that iPods have several characteristics that make them attractive targets. They not only have a significant cash value, but they...

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