11,400 Apple Products Stolen This Year in NYC, Up 40%

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Burglars...Apple can add another outlier mantle to its collection of statistics: some 11,400 Apple products have been stolen so far this year in New York City, an increase of 40% over the prior year. According to The Washington Post, those thefts take up the lion's share of an increase in burglaries, thefts, and grand larcenies reported in The City.

Police went so far as to tell The Post that the Apple-specific stats represent an "aberration" in otherwise low-crime year.

Apple's products are often the target of theft due in part to the high value they maintain on the used market. Apple's iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Macs remain in use years longer than competing products and have traditionally had high resell values long after those other products make their way to a landfill.

Thieves have cottoned on to this and found that if they steal an Apple device, they can get more for it from a fence or on the open market. Apple Stores have been targeted throughout the country, including New York City, and this has been especially so with the increase in popularity of iPhone and iPad.

It's interesting, however, to see a 40% uptick in Apple-related thefts in what would otherwise be a low-crime year, especially when the police cite it as the source of a statistical increase.

Other statistical outliers Apple can claim include taking most of the profits from the cell phone industry, sales of the iPhone resulting in as much as a 0.5 percent increase in the GDP of the U.S., and the company's cash hoard eclipsing the total GDP of a growing number of countries.

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