Apple iPhone, Apple iPad and Apple iPod thefts up 40% in the Big Apple

Apple iPhone, Apple iPad and Apple iPod thefts up 40% in the Big Apple
According to statistics released by the NYPD, stealing Apple iPhones, Apple iPads and Apple iPods in the Big Apple is the thing to do if you are any kind of master criminal in New York City worth his or her salt. New York's finest say that year-to-date, the increase in thefts of those Apple branded mobile devices is 40% compared to just 4% in overall city crime. Put into numbers, 11,447 iPhone, iPad and iPod units have been jacked in 2012, an increase of 3,280 from last year's figures. That compares to 79,335 total crimes in New York City in 2012 for an increase of 3,015 offenses committed over the last year. The figures actually show that thefts of these devices are slowing down a tad. Back in April, the year over year increase in such thefts was 44%.

Law-enforcement professionals are far from surprised as people walk around staring at the screen on their handset or listening to music and are not aware of where they are or who is around them. It is easy pickings for someone to come from behind and snatch away a brand new Apple iPhone 5. A police source says that the thefts are taking place on subways and buses "from Houston Street to 125th Street." He adds that certain areas like midtown and Greenwich Village are being targeted as affluent areas tend to have more "hipsters" walking around with these products in their hands.

While Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told the press that the NYPD is focusing on stopping these thefts, he said that those using an Apple iPhone or other handheld devices need to become familiar with their surroundings so they can lessen the chances of becoming a victim.  This past weekend, cops visited 6 Apple Stores in the City to suggest that those buying the latest Apple iPhone register the serial number of their device and their contact information using the "Find My iPhone" app which can help police track down a stolen unit.  The officers belonging to "Operation ID" also visited seven Verizon and eight AT&T stores trying to get more people to register their new phones. Those bringing their handsets directly to police station houses can get their phones engraved with a serial number that makes it easier to track stolen phones.

In addition to trying to educate people to be aware of their surroundings, the cops are going to run decoy operations in a bid to get some of these criminals off the streets. In the meantime, some of these stolen handsets are finding their way into the hands of foreign buyers willing to pay a handsome price for the devices.

source: NYPost

FEATURED VIDEO

12 Comments

1. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

That price of popularity.

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I'm beginning to think that this is an inside job planned by Apple, just to make their products look cool. So silly.

8. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

you have serious mental issues

13. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

inside job by apple to resell them

3. Medel

Posts: 84; Member since: May 31, 2011

over price iphone and ipads! now what happened?! tsk, tsk, tsk... =/

4. wendygarett unregistered

Lot of sheep eater recently >.

5. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Another reason NOT to own a iPhone. it's a icrime

6. Azure01

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Wow so a phone is so important that you have to murder someone for it? I don't even know why so many people want it when even people who you would consider scum have it, damn shame.

7. dragonstkdgirl

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

I find it more than a little sad that Hwang Yang gets a photo and a caption but doesn't even get a paragraph in the article? Hearing more about this young man's sad and pointless death would make a hell of a lot more impact than reading statistics and links to information about the Find My iPhone app. Just saying.

9. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Buy fake iProducts to troll robbers

10. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Seems like iDevices are more of a burden to society than an asset.

11. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Did we have similar articles post like this one 2 months ago?

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.