Recently in September, NYPD claimed that Apple related crimes were increasing 10 times more than any other type of crimes in New York City. Today Mayor Bloomberg reinstated the point made by NYPD, as he talked about the thefts of iPhones and iPads, which he feels are significantly increasing the annual crime index. According to New York Times:
Crime in New York City inched up this year, and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Friday fingered the culprit: too many iPhones and iPads were being swiped. As of Monday, the Police Department recorded 3,484 more crimes than for the same period last year. A full breakdown of the year’s crime statistics was not immediately available, but city officials were quick to focus on the Apple figure. The increase in Apple product thefts: 3,890. “If you just took away the jump in Apple, we’d be down for the year,” said Marc La Vorgna, the mayor’s press secretary.
The mayor gave the following advice to citizens, so that they could avoid being robbed:
Put it in a pocket in sort of a more body-fitting, tighter clothes, that you can feel if it was — if somebody put their hand in your pocket, not just an outside coat pocket.
The trend of Apple thefts outpacing the rate of general crime has been ongoing for some time now, despite the NYPD’s efforts to raise public awareness of the growing threat. The sheer rise in popularity of Cupertino’s gadgets has given thieves countless new targets.
“The proliferation of people carrying expensive devices around is so great,” La Vorgna said. “It’s something that’s never had to be dealt with before.”
As I have had an Apple device stolen from me before (and so have my friends), I would advice all our readers (not just readers from New York) to follow this advice as iPhone related crimes are indeed growing all over the world.