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

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.

source: WSJ



1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1499; Member since: Oct 27, 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.

2. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

Buy one and sell it overseas...

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Stealing them and selling back to Apple. ;)

4. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

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

5. Killertech2099

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 28, 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

6. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 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. :(

7. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

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

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

9. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 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.

10. Blazers

Posts: 746; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

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

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