iPhone, iPad Theft Causes Crime Increase in NYC

There has been an increase in reported crime in New York City, mostly associated with iPhone and iPad thefts, according to a NY Times report.

The same report claims that the New York Police Department recorded 3,484 more crimes than for the same period last year. New York mayor Michael Bloomberg is pointing to thefts of iPhones and iPads as the cause of the increase in the city’s annual crime index.

Michael Grynbaum of the New York Times quotes Marc La Vorgna, the mayor’s press secretary, as saying "If you just took away the jump in Apple, we’d be down for the year."

Meanwhile, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg advised New Yorkers to keep their valuable Apple devices more secret and more safe. The mayor was quoted, as saying "Put it in a pocket in sort of a more body-fitting, tighter clothes, that you can feel if it was — if somebody put their hand in your pocket, not just an outside coat pocket."

The increase in Apple-related crimes in the Big Apple was 3,890, or a 3.3 percent part of the overall crime rate for 2012 at NYC, according to the New York Times report.