As crime figures for New York rise, blame the Apple thieves, says mayor

Crime in New York City is up this year, and yesterday Mayor Michael Bloomberg pinpointed one cause : too many iPhones and iPads are being stolen.

iPhones tempt thieves

A rise in thefts of Apple products accounted for the slight increase in the city’s annual crime index, a figure that covers felonies, including murder, grand larceny and robbery, the mayor said on his weekly radio show.

Up to this week, 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,” Marc La Vorgna, the mayor’s press secretary told the New York Times.

In his broadcast, the mayor said Apple products were the preference for many thieves; he was not including thefts of competing devices, like the Samsung Galaxy.

He said users should keep their Apple devices in interior, hard-to-reach pockets.


Noel Young

Former editor of Sunday Mail in Glasgow and Group Managing editor of Daily Record and Sunday Mail. Now Boston-based US correspondent for UK newspapers including Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and Sunday Post. Material also syndicated by Edit International in Florida. US editor for The Drum.

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