NYTimes.com reports via 9to5Mac, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New York’s crime rate is up due to the popularity of the iPhone and the iPad. According to the police department’s numbers, there were 3,484 more major crimes recorded in 2012 compared to 2011. These crimes include grand larceny, robbery, and murder. There were 3,890 more Apple devices stolen in 2012 compared to 2011.
The mayor’s press secretary, Marc La Vorgna, blames the increased crime rate on Apple products. He says, “If you just took away the jump in Apple, we’d be down for the year.”
In Bloomberg’s weekly radio show, the mayor said that iPhones and iPads were the first choice of thieves. However, he did admit that other stolen devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 were not included in the numbers.
The mayor advises iDevice owners to keep their phones in their pockets. He says, “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.”
La Vorgna says, “The proliferation of people carrying expensive devices around is so great. It’s something that’s never had to be dealt with before.”
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