Apple product thefts up 8.8% this year compared to 2012
Nearly 1,000 more Apple products have been stolen from New Yorkers so far this year over the same period in 2012, according to NYPD crime data obtained by amNewYork.
A total of 11,610 Apple products -- including iPhones, iPads and iPods -- have been stolen as of June 9, compared to 10,670 during the same period in 2012, about an 8.8% uptick, according to the data. A total of 15,973 Apple products were stolen in all of 2012.
The NYPD declined to speculate on the reasons for the increase.
New York's attorney general last week announced a new campaign to get "the cellphone industry to adopt technologies that would deter theft by drying up the secondary market on which stolen devices are sold."
"The epidemic of violent street crime involving the theft and resale of mobile devices is a very real and growing threat in communities all across America," Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.
He was joined by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón in calling for the new initiative, called Save Our Smartphones, which in its most ambitious demand calls for a "kill switch" to make stolen smartphones permanently disabled.
Apple last week announced a similar security feature in its upcoming iOS 7.
Schneiderman and Gascón said they will "reserve judgment" of the feature until they can learn more about it.