New York City’s annual crime rate is going to increase for the first time in 20 years. Mayor Bloomberg and city officials are blaming the sharp jump in crime squarely on Apple-related crimes. As of this past Monday, New York City reported 108,432 major crimes in 5 boroughs. This is 3,484 more compared to the same period last year. The New York City police saw a dramatic rise in thefts that involved Apple hardware, which is up 3,890 year-over-year. Thieves are especially interested in iPhones and iPads.
?If you just took away the jump in Apple, we?d be down for the year,? stated the mayor’s press secretary Marc La Vorgna in an interview with The New York Times. These numbers are based on Apple devices exclusively and does not include other smartphones.
?The proliferation of people carrying expensive devices around is so great,? added La Vorgna. ?It?s something that?s never had to be dealt with before.?