Why Thieves Love Apple Products And Why Thefts Are Growing Faster Than Crime In NYC

New York is my home. I live in Brooklyn. I work in Manhattan. I will agree with those who say that New York City is safer now than in generations past because crime is down from the past and growing slowly.

If so, why are Apple’s product thefts in New York City higher than the overall crime rates? Bloomberg reported that Apple Thefts in New York Outpace Rise in 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 same period for the total number of index crimes — the seven major crimes, including murder, rape and robbery.

Uh oh.

Chalk it up to lies, damned lies, and statistics.

Five years ago Apple sold the Mac and the iPod, both of which are desirable products for thieves, but the real growth began as the iPhone proliferated from 2007 to explosive numbers (hundreds of millions of users), and the iPad in 2010.

More iPhones and iPads mean more targets for thieves who like those desirable products.

Another factor to consider when counting thefts of iPhones and iPads is the simple fact that owners have a way to track their stolen or lost Apple goods now. That option wasn’t available for products a few years ago. If you lost your BlackBerry or cell phone of yesteryear, or it was stolen, did you call the cops? Probably not.

Today, with Find My iPhone and Find My iPad, it’s easier to track the location of the stolen or lost device, thereby creating an opportunity to get authorities involved in retrieving the device.

As a lifelong New Yorker, I carry around mug money and use a password to get into my iPhone and iPad (and Mac). There’s always someone out there willing to take from you what doesn’t belong to them simply because they want it.