THE BRONX - Thousands of people are lining up at Apple, Verizon and AT&T stores throughout the city to get their hands on the latest version of the iPhone.

The smart phones have been a hot commodity so the NYPD wants to protect owners by launching operation ID. Anyone who purchases an iPhone 5 is encouraged to have it engraved with a serial number that will make it easily identifiable if it's snatched.

News 12 has reported several stories this year involving stolen iPhones and other electronics, especially on local subways.

For more information on the NYPD's anti-Apple picking campaign, click here.