“Thefts of Apple Inc. products in New York City increased more since last year than crime overall, according to the police department,” Chris Dolmetsch reports for Bloomberg.

“The Cupertino, California-based company’s products were stolen in a total of 11,447 incidents between Jan. 1 and Sept. 23, an increase of 40 percent over the same period a year earlier, the NYPD said in a statement yesterday,” Dolmetsch reports. “That compares with a 4 percent rise in the same period for the total number of index crimes — the seven major crimes, including murder, rape and robbery.”

Dolmetsch reports, “he NYPD stationed officers at 21 stores in the city where the iPhone 5 went on sale on Sept. 21 to help buyers register their new devices so they can be traced if stolen. About 1,500 phones were registered with the assistance of police officers, according to Paul Browne, a spokesman for the department.”

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