Increase in NYC Crime Rate Blamed on Apple Device Theft
An increase in Apple device thefts this year may cause New York City to record its first increase in overall crime in 20 years, reports the WSJ.
As of Sunday, there were 94 fewer homicides this year than last. This marks a 18.5% drop over last year. In 2011 there 515 murders which was a 20.6% decline since May Bloomberg took office in January of 2002.
The number of shooting incidents is also down this year by 8.5% and the number of shooting victims is down 10.2%.
However, overall crime rate is up 3%. Why? An increase in the theft of Apple devices.
Overall crime in the five boroughs is up 3% so far this year, driven by the thefts of Apple products, Paul Browne, the department's top spokesman, confirmed. If Apple thefts had remained the same, "we would be experiencing a slight decline in crime citywide," Mr. Browne said.