NEW YORK (PIX11) — When it comes to electronics, New York City crooks have an affinity for Apple products.
According to the Wall Street Journal, there were over 8,000 thefts of iPhones and iPads in New York City last year. Apple products accounted for 18% of all grand larcenies in 2013.
Although crime has gone down, grand larcenies have been steadily on the rise since 2010.
Most of these thefts occur on public transportation, unsurprisingly, where people are consumed with texting or listening to music. “It’s easy pickings,” retired NYPD detective Joseph Giacalone told the Journal.
The “Find My iPhone” app, developed in 2009, was detailed to help iPhone and iPad owners track down their device if it were lost or stolen. The NYPD also has a program where people can register their devices at local precincts.
From 2012 to 2013, grand larcenies increased 13% in the city.