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NYC mayor blames Apple device thefts on crime increase

updated 12:14 pm EST, Fri December 28, 2012

Mayor's office suggests crime would otherwise be down

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is blaming a surge in thefts of Apple products for an increase in the city's overall crime rate, says the New York Times. Bloomberg made the comments during his weekly radio show. Statistics published this week by the New York Police Department show 3,484 more major crimes in 2012 than last yea; the number of Apple product thefts, meanwhile, is up by 3,890. "If you just took away the jump in Apple, we'd be down for the year," adds the mayor's press secretary, Marc La Vorgna.

During his radio show Bloomberg claimed that thieves appear to prefer Apple products. As a possible remedy, he suggested people make their devices harder to pickpocket. "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," he commented. Since 2011, the NYPD has also been using decoy officers and other methods to specifically deter iPhone thefts.

"The proliferation of people carrying expensive devices around is so great," says La Vorgna. "It's something that's never had to be dealt with before." In all New York City crime is up 3.3 percent year-over-year, at 108,432 incidents versus 104,948.




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  1. Steve Wilkinson

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    Joined: 12-19-01

    No, they would just be stealing whatever was the next most desirable, easy to steal thing. The problem is thieves, not what they choose to steal.

  1. Inkling

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    Joined: 07-25-06

    Thieves merely go after the softest and most lucrative targets. If it wasn't Apple gadgets, it'd be something else.

    The real problem is that Mayor Bloomberg lacks sense. It he didn't waste the city's resources on criminalizing selling large cups of pop drinks and went after real crimes, the city's crime rate would be declining rather than rising.

    NYC isn't the only city with second-rate politicians. Where I live, Seattle, there's a serious problem with graffiti, but our city council would rather devote itself to banning plastic shopping bags. That's makes no sense. The majority of our litter isn't bags. It's the stuff fast food comes in--cans, cups and food wrappers. But fast food is a powerful lobby and can't be touched, so we get this silly symbolism.

    And nasty fines directed at those whose property is defaced with graffiti.

    --Michael W. Perry, editor of Eugenics and Other Evils (the 'Other Evils" being absurd regulations)

  1. lkrupp

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    Joined: 05-13-01

    Bloomberg banned large soft drinks. Why not just ban all Apple products and claim he did something about the crime rate.

  1. dynsight

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    Joined: 05-07-05

    I still think it would be better if Apple would implement theft detection... If you report your device stolen, and somebody syncs the device (either the thief or someone who bought it from the thief)... It could be detected.

    It would cut down on crime

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