The Rise in Apple Picking in New York City & San Francisco

The Rise in Apple Picking in New York City & San Francisco

In New York City, theft of Apple products has driven much of the increase in the theft of electronics. Between January 1 and September 23, 2012, a total of 11,447 cases of stolen “iDevices” (iPhones and other iOS devices) were reported to the New York City Police Department (NYPD), a rise of 3,280 over 2011.

Phone thefts make up 40% of all robberies in New York City, and iPhones account for 70% of cell phones stolen on public transportation, such as subways and buses.[1]

In December 2011 alone, the New York Police Department made over 140 arrests of merchants choosing to purchase stolen iPhones even after they were warned that the devices were stolen.[2]

The problem, however, is not limited to Apple. A 2011 NYPD analysis found that companies other than Apple manufactured roughly 30% of all electronic devices stolen on subways and buses.

Here are some examples of recent incidents in New York City and San Francisco:

  • On April 19, 2012, a 26-year-old chef at the Museum of Modern Art was killed for his iPhone on his way home to the Bronx. The device later turned up on the online advertising site Craigslist, priced at $400.[3]
  • In September 2012, in three separate incidents, women were violently attacked for Apple and Samsung devices.
  • On February 21, 2013, a 6 year old San Francisco boy was robbed of his mother’s iPhone while sitting outside a Bayview church during services.
  • Recently on May 21, 2013, a 27-year old tourist in San Francisco sustained severe knife wounds to his face and throat after being robbed by two men over his iPhone.
  • On February 19, 2013 two men violently attacked a 16 year old girl for her iPhone in San Francisco’s Sunset District.[4]
  • In February 2013, three people were stabbed on a subway platform in Queens in a fight over an iPhone.
  • Earlier this month, a woman was mugged at gunpoint in Crown Heights for her Android device.[6]
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