NYC crime on the up, no thanks to the iPhone

It’s no secret that Apple products are desirable. When it comes to aspirational technology, few companies come close to the reputation of class that iProducts have. So, it comes as no surprise that they’re a top target among thieves. According to a report from the WSJ, New York City crime rate is on the increase for the first time in around 20 years. The device at the center of it all: the iPhone of course.

“Overall crime in the five boroughs is up 3% so far this year, driven by the thefts of Apple products, Paul Browne, the department’s top spokesman, confirmed. If Apple thefts had remained the same, “we would be experiencing a slight decline in crime citywide,” Mr. Browne said. The number of shooting incidents so far this year has fallen 8.5%, and the number of shooting victims has dropped 10.2%.”

It isn’t just Apple’s iDevices that are being stolen however. Personal electronics device theft is up 9% year on year. Let’s hope this trend doesn’t continue. If one positive can be taken from this, it’s that homicides are down, which is clearly a much bigger deal than someone having their phone stolen.

Via: KnowYourCell, WSJ

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  • hamzabolt

    I have an idea! Make Apple products cheaper!

  • Jwilson321

    And Obama is trying to ban guns?!?!

  • I agree. Just a couple of weeks ago a friend of mine was robbed at gunpoint in the Bronx. They took his iphone, beats by dre headphones and money. Regardless if apple makes their prices cheaper or not, Some people are greedy and evil! So the price point suggestion wouldn’t work.

  • jabombardier

    @Jwilson321 no. just war assault rifles

  • jabombardier

    @hamzabolt it is rediculous. a great ratio of poeple have the iphone and people are still stealing them. it is like the 90’s when anything Honda was  the top item on a car thief’s list. i say etch it, activate the “find iPhone” feature in iCloud and lastly don’t flash it in public places like the subway.