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NYC Sees Increase In IPhone Theft

Submitted by on December 30, 2012 – 11:14 amNo Comment

According to end of the year statistics, New York City saw a sharp increase in the theft of Apple products, even as major crime fell overall. While anecdotal evidence showed that iPhones were the device of choice for pickpockets, statistics now confirm that Apple thefts alone are a large portion of the city’s crime rate:

CNET reports:

Statistics published by the New York Police Department revealed that as of Monday, there were 3,484 more major crimes reported in 2012 than for the same period last year. During that time, the city experienced 3,890 more thefts of Apple products.

“If you just took away the jump in Apple, we’d be down for the year,” Marc La Vorgna, the mayor’s press secretary, told the Times.

The Times article notes that Mayor Michael Bloomberg also encouraged people with Apple devices to carry them in a “body-fitting, tighter pocket.” (Also consider keeping your devices there when on the subway or walking at night.)

Theft of smartphones has become a scourge of many urban police departments, especially New York’s. A high number of the thefts take place in or on the subway. And while many of the devices are roughly just as expensive, thieves seem to be particularly fond of iPhones, probably because of resale values. Some stories say muggers even reject non-Apple phones.

[photo via Ramsay de Give/The Wall Street Journal]

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