Through the first nine months of this year, incidences of Apple-related theft in New York City have seen a 40 percent jump over the same period in 2011 – an increase of 3,280 cases, bringing this year’s running total to 11,447. That’s eye-opening by itself, but it’s nothing compared to this part – that increase is greater than the overall increase in New York City crime during the same time period. This year, New York City has seen 79,335 breaches of the law, which is 3,015 more than last year. In other words, the increase in Apple thefts accounts for the entire increase in New York City crime, and then some. The same effect was seen in robberies and burglaries – the increase in Apple thefts was greater than the overall increase for both crimes.
It’s starting to look like Apple’s popularity is bleeding over into the world of crime. At this rate, we’re going to start seeing thieves line up to rob Apple owners on the streets. Needless to say, keep your wits about you when you’re out in public with your iPhone or iPad – Apple thefts aren’t going to be getting any less common anytime soon.
You can check out the PSA below for more information on how to keep yourself and your gadgets safe in public.