Criminals have always had an eye out for Apple products. They are expensive and in demand, so it isn’t hard to find a buyer for a hot Apple product. Right now thefts involving iPhones
and iPads are up 44% in New York so far this year. As of April 15th,
there were 1,196 thefts of this kind reported to the NYPD compared to
831 from the same time last year.
One officer said that walking around with an iPhone or iPad is like
waving a wad of cash around. The latest case was the robbery of an Apple
iPhone belonging to a 26 year old chef who was murdered. His iPhone was
stolen, but his wallet was not touched. That should show you that the
officers statement is clearly true.
The NYPD has even resorted to
using undercover decoys carrying the devices. It was this tactic that
nabbed 24 year old Mustapha Matthews, who was charged with grand larceny
and possession of stolen property. Matthews was caught removing an
iPhone from the backpack of an undercover decoy on an uptown 4 train.
It’s a good idea to keep your phone hidden when in public. It might just keep you safe.