New York Blames Crime Rate Increase on Apple

Major crime rates are up in New York City, and it's Apple's fault. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Friday that the slight increase in the city's crime rate for 2012 was due to the number of stolen iPhones and iPads.

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So far the police department's major crimes count for the year is up 3,484, and the number of Apple device thefts is up 3,890 -- or more than the total increase in annual crimes.

Mayor Bloomberg said criminals have a preference for Apple's products and suggested hiding them, or at least making them more difficult to grab, when in public. "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," he said.

Overall, New York City has recorded 108,432 major crimes so far in 2012, up 3.3 percent from 2011, hinting that the iPhone and iPad are popular with criminals as well as consumers.

"If you just took away the jump in Apple, we'd be down for the year," added Mayor Press secretary Marc La Vorgna.