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The number of Apple related larcenies continues to rise in New York City

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The number of Apple related larcenies continues to rise in New York City
Crime in New York City has actually been dropping in most categories except for Grand Larcenies. That subset of crime has been flat over the last few years, mostly due to one particular crime: the strong arm robbery of Apple iPhones, Apple iPads and other smartphones and tablets. These crimes are usually considered "grand larceny in the fourth degree". 

Retired NYPD detective Joseph Giacalone notes that most of the thefts occur on public transportation when device owners aren't really paying attention to what is happening around them. While Grand Larcenies declined just 1% over the period from 2002 to 2013 (estimated), murders during the same time period declined by 43%, robberies dropped 30% and vehicular thefts dropped by 72%. Grand Larcenies have increased every year since 2010.

The current NYPD administration, under new commissioner William Bratton, said that Larceny arrests rose 13% from 2012 to 2013. Because of the popularity of Apple branded devices, the NYPD tracks thefts of such products separately. Last year, Apple products were involved in 18% of the Grand Larceny cases in the Big, uh, Apple. That works out to about 8000 devices. In 2002, there were only 25 such crimes involving Apple products.

NYPD officials suggest that Apple iPhone users activate "Find My iPhone," which is an app that allows iPhone users to track a lost or stolen unit, and wipe it remotely.

The number of larcenies involving Apple devices in New York City continues to rise each year

The number of larcenies involving Apple devices in New York City continues to rise each year


source: WSJ

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posted on 12 Jan 2014, 22:34

1. Derekjeter (Posts: 310; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


My neighbor buys bad ESN Verizon iphones and can activate them on Tmobile or any other cheap provider like Metro or Virgin. He also sends them over seas where all they do is switch out the SIM card and it works. As long as people can still use iphones on other carriers even though they are reported stolen or lost this will continue to happen.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 22:40

2. Extradite (banned) (Posts: 316; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


Buy one and sell it overseas...

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 23:50

3. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2768; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Stealing them and selling back to Apple. ;)

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 23:53

4. Doakie (Posts: 1303; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Good ole Apple picking. But these Apples are rotten and have bites taken out of them.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 00:40

5. Killertech2099 (Posts: 143; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Well no wonder why they call New York City the Big Apple :P Better switch before they steal yours then sell it back to you

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 01:08 2

6. Topcat488 (Posts: 1169; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


In 2002 there were only 25 such crimes involving Apple products, but not an iphone; Which didn't come out until 2007, maybe 25 ipods got taken from their owners. :(

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 03:36

7. ThePython (Posts: 358; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Don't forget kids, don't steal a device that can be remotely tracked.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 08:34 1

8. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6668; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Just glad I don't have one. Too many thieves out there. And please change the picture icon.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 09:41 3

9. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


I had some @sshole jerk my Droid out of my hand back in July downtown where I live. Luckily I was able to get the device back from him, immediately after, but this crap has become a huge problem that needs to be addressed. Something needs to be put in place that makes these devices unusable when they are reported Lost/Stolen.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 16:57

10. Blazers (Posts: 238; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I guess iOS 7 wasn't the anti-crime success that NYPD was hoping it would be.

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