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.
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