“Major crime in New York City inched up this year, and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Friday fingered the culprit: too many iPhones and iPads were being swiped,” Michael M. Grynbaum reports for The New York Times. “A rise in thefts of shiny Apple products accounted for the slight increase in the city’s annual crime index, a statistic that covers a number of felonies, including murder, grand larceny and robbery, Mr. Bloomberg said on Friday morning during his weekly radio show.”

“As of Monday, the Police Department recorded 3,484 more major crimes in 2012 than for the same period last year. The increase in Apple product thefts: 3,890,” Grynbaum reports. “‘If you just took away the jump in Apple, we’d be down for the year,’ said Marc La Vorgna, the mayor’s press secretary.”

MacDailyNews Take: Yeah, and if you took away the Jets’ losses, they’d have a perfect season going, too!

Grynbaum reports, “On the radio, Mr. Bloomberg said that Apple products appeared to be the preference for many thieves… ‘Put it in a pocket in sort of a more body-fitting, tighter clothes, that you can feel if it was — if somebody put their hand in your pocket, not just an outside coat pocket,’ the mayor said… ‘The proliferation of people carrying expensive devices around is so great,” Mr. La Vorgna said. “It’s something that’s never had to be dealt with before.'”

MacDailyNews Take: You know, because nobody’s ever sported a fine watch in their pocket or on their wrist, a string of pearls around their neck, or a pocketbook on their arm in the long history of New York City.

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MacDailyNews Take: Obviously, the problem isn’t the Apple products, but the criminals who are stealing other people’s property, regardless of the property (be it Walkmen, iPods, iPhones, Air Jordans, Rolexes, wallets, etc.) they are stealing this year. Apple’s products are just the most popular and desirable currently; that’s what attracts criminals.