Mayor Bloomberg: Apple’s Gadgets Responsible For High Crime Rate in New York

  • December 28, 2012
Theft of Apple devices in New York

Credit: New York Times


In statement on Friday New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg pointed an accusing finger to the thefts of Apple’s iPhones and iPads as the reason for the high crime rate in New York.

In a radio interview, Mr. Bloomberg stated that Apple products appeared to be the preference for many thieves and urges users to safety guard they Apple products by  keeping them in an interior, hard-to-reach pocket.

“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,” the mayor said.

The Police Department has so far recorded 3,484 more major crimes in 2012 than for the same period last year. However, the increase in thefts of Apple’s products is 3,890 year over year.

According to a report by New York Times:

[quote] In a more serious vein, Mr. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly also announced that as of Friday morning, New York City had recorded 414 homicides, putting it on pace to record the lowest annual number since the city started tracking comparable homicide figures in 1963. The current low, 471 homicides, was set in 2009.

Still, city officials said the overall crime figure was skewed by the Apple figure.

“If you just took away the jump in Apple, we’d be down for the year,” said Marc La Vorgna, the mayor’s press secretary.[/quote]

“The proliferation of people carrying expensive devices around is so great,” Mr. La Vorgna said. “It’s something that’s never had to be dealt with before.”

So, there you have it folks, keep you devices out of sight where practicable.


Source: New York Times


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