The iPhone 5 has been this year's hottest tech item judging by weekend sales, but it looks like legitimate purchases aren't the only way Apple smartphones and devices are moving. Apple product theft in New York City is on the rise so quickly, in fact, that it is outpacing overall crime.
The Cupertino, California-based company’s products were stolen in a total of 11,447 incidents between Jan. 1 and Sept. 23, an increase of 40 percent over the same period a year earlier, the NYPD said in a statement yesterday. That compares with a 4 percent rise in the total number of crimes in the city for the same period.
40 percent is quite the increase, but it doesn't seem like NYC is the only area affected. On the eve of the iPhone 5 launch, hundreds of iPhone 5 units were stolen in Japan. In the UK, a man stole more than 250 iPhones from a store in South London.
Because of their high street value, resale value and incredible popularity, Apple products tend to be targets for robberies and scams. In New York City, the NYPD stationed police officers at 21 different stores on the iPhone 5's launch day to ensure that any stolen Apple products would be traced quickly.