Love is a powerful emotion and apparently people love to steal iPods. The level of theft has increased to the point that the Urban Institute in Washington has dubbed it an “iCrime Wave”. In 2005, for the first time in 12 years, violent crime increased and the suggestion is that the iPod played a part. Portable, visible, desirable and everywhere. In the jargon of criminologists they are ‘crime-creating artifacts’ (the criminologists could sure do with some new language) just as expensive basketball shoes and jackets were in the 1980s and 1990s. Already, New York’s subway has put up signs to warn people to protect their iPods and remind them that those cool white earphones are a giveaway.