The increasing swiping of Apple products is dwarfing the overall increase in crime citywide, according to cops.
The NYPD reported today that products like iPhones are stolen at a pace that exceeds the overall crime increase, and officers warned New Yorkers to be aware while carrying phones and install protective technology.
According to the police department, between Jan. 1 and Sept. 23 of this year, 11,447 Apple items were stolen, an increase of 3,280 since last year – a 40 percent increase.
That dwarfs the overall crime stats. So far this year, crimes total 79,335 – a 4 percent increase and increase over last year of 3,015 crimes.
This weekend, the NYPD registered the new iPhone5s at 21 stores where they were sold, including six Apple stores, seven Verizon and eight AT&T stores.
Officers also instructed New Yorkers on how to install and use the “Find My iPhone” app that cops can use to find lost or stolen phones.
“Individuals alert to their surroundings are less likely to become
victims of thefts of iPhones and other handheld devices,” Police
Commissioner Raymond Kelly said in a statement today.
New Yorkers can also bring their phones to a police station to be engraved with a serial number, which also helps cops return recovered phones.
To combat the rise in stolen iPhones and other Apple products, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said police operate both decoy operations underground as well as sting operations to catch crooks.