The NYPD have reported that crimes involving Apple products have shot up by an incredible 40% between January 1 and September 23, 10 times that of the increase of general crimes in the same period. There have been 11’447 instances of stolen Apple devices in the said time, according to the NYPD and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
“When broken down by crime category, the theft of Apple products so far this year represented:
– 204% of the 1% in overall increase in burglaries, an increase of 250 burglary incidents overall v an increase of 511 incidents in which Apple products were burgled;
– 160% of the 4% increase in robberies overall, an increase of 606 robbery incidents overall v an increase of 968 incidents in which Apple products were robbed;
– 69% of the 9% increase in grand larcenies overall, an increase of 2,600 grand larcenies overall, of which 1,803 involved Apple products.”
The numbers are incredible, and really show the ‘desirability factor’ of Apple products. To try and cut the theft stats down, the NYPD have introduced their “Operation ID” initiative, in which they will note the serial numbers of Apple devices to try and track stolen products.