Mayor Bloomberg: Apple mobile device thieves responsible for 2012 increase in NYC crimes

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While New York City's homicide rate is the lowest since 1963, Mayor Michael Bloomberg blames a rise in thefts of Apple iPhones and iPads for a slight increase in major crimes committed in the city in 2012, a New York Times blog post says.

During his weekly radio show, Bloomberg said that the Police Department recorded 3,890 more incidents of theft involving Apple products, which contributed to the additional 3,484 major crimes in the city in 2012 compared to the same period the previous year. Overall, there were 108,432 major crimes for the year, up from 104,948 in 2011, a 3.3 percent increase.

If it weren't for the spike in stolen Apple devices, officials believe New York's overall annual crime index would be down. Bloomberg said that thieves appeared to favor Apple products.

The figure of 3,890 more Apple device thefts doesn't account for thefts of other brands of smartphones and tablets, which, of course, also get stolen.

For more:
- read the NYT blog post
- listen to a recording of Bloomberg's radio show

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