With the murder rate the lowest it has been in 50 years in New York, mayor Michael Bloomberg released other crime data as 2012 came to a close. The only overall increase for the major crime index for the city was accounted in iPhone and iPad thefts according to The New York Times.
As of Monday, the Police Department recorded 3,484 more major crimes in 2012 than for the same period last year. 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.
As Apple grows in popularity with consumers, they also do with thefts as people use them more and more. What most consumers and thieves don’t know is that you can track the iPhone, iOS Device, or even some MacBooks.
Unfortunately there are organized rings that deal in the trading of stolen iOS devices and electronics. Last year electronics thefts accounted for a large portion of robberies, and half involved iPhone thefts.
Police in NYC and in some major cities are emphasizing efforts to help stop thefts on city subways, which are popular for thefts due to the crowded areas and easy getaway options. At least it is electronics and not people’s lives that will be lost.