Apple products are popular. How popular? Popular enough to be responsible for the first crime rate increase in New York in 20 years. Despite the popular image, New York is safer than it has ever been before, and this year is set to report the lowest number of homicides in 50 years. But the popularity of Apple products has lead to enough crime to make the overall crime rate jump just a little.
According to the WSJ, crime is up 3% thanks to theft of Apple products:
Overall crime in the five boroughs is up 3% so far this year, driven by the thefts of Apple products, Paul Browne, the [NYPD]‘s top spokesman, confirmed. If Apple thefts had remained the same, “we would be experiencing a slight decline in crime citywide,” Mr. Browne said.
It’s not purely on Apple’s shoulders — the increase is more directly attributable to the theft of personal electronics, but I bet Apple gear does a bit better than Android. I guess you should be careful flashing your new iPad mini while wandering around Manhattan.