Mayor Bloomberg blames Apple thefts for rise in New York City crime rate

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New York City’s annual crime rate is about to increase for the first time in 20 years, with city officials (and Mayor Michael Bloomberg) squarely laying the blame on a sharp jump in Apple-related thefts. As of Monday, the city had logged 108,432 major crimes throughout the five boroughs — 3,484 more compared to where things stood at this point last year. In particular, police have seen a dramatic rise in thefts involving Apple hardware, which are up 3,890 year-over-year. If not for the allure iPhones and iPads present to thieves, officials maintain, the city would instead be enjoying a drop in overall crime including the lowest number of homicides on record. “If you just took away the jump in Apple, we’d be down for the year,”…

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