New York City crime is up and Mayor Bloomberg blames Apple iPhone thieves

“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.


      1. Agree, Bloomberg is a fricking idiot, he can change laws to put him in a 3rd term but he cannot put enough police to reduce crime in NYC. So people in NYC should use Andriod phones only to help reduce crime rate, what a plonker. Bring in Guilliani, the former mayor, he will tell the criminals where to shove it

          1. Bloomberg is a RINO. He’s a Democrat, and not even a moderate one. No real Republican, much less a Conservative, would ban large soft drinks or blame inanimate objects for crime.

            Furthermore: Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. If you make certain guns/ammo illegal, only the criminals will have those guns/ammo, making the law-abiding citizen less safe.

            Bloomberg is a nanny state liberal who has no idea why things happen or how to correct them.

            For example: Mass murderers kill others because they’ve lost their minds, if they ever had them. To stop such killings, our mental health system needs a massive overhaul focused first on identifying sociopaths and rendering them unable to hurt the rest of the population.

            Another example: People drink giant sugary sodas because they are ignorant of what they are doing to their own health and to the rest of our health costs. They also probably don’t care what it does to the costs of health care costs, because they aren’t properly raised and care only for their own satisfaction. The basic problem is the destruction of the two-parent (one male and one female) family. Until that is rectified, there will continue to be a huge class of poorly educated, high crime, welfare-dependent losers sapping the system beyond the breaking point and killing this country.

            Traditional marriage works. Proven for centuries. The sexual revolution caused many more problems that the empty, meaningless orgasms it spawned. Disease. Broken families. Lack of self esteem. Suicide. Drug abuse. All proven in many studies over many years.

            If you think anybody with the will can’t get a lot of sugary soda to drink or any gun/ammo/drug/illegal thing they want in NYC, you must be a Liberal.

            This is the crux of the problem in the U.S.A. today:
            Misguided Libs/Dems/Progs insist upon legislating against human nature instead of using human nature to achieve the desired results.

  1. That’s bullshit. Haven’t women in NYC been wearing expensive diamonds on their hands, many that cost far more than apple products, but you’re not blaming that are you?

      1. It’s only the “assault” iPhones. You know, the ones that are all black and semi-automatic, where you just push a button once and it calls somebody. Gangsters use them all the time in drive-by textings. The ones with the pistol grips up front are especially bad…er, sorry, wrong thread. Never mind.

        1. Actually, we ought to get some NYC newspaper to publish and interactive map with the names and addresses of all the concealed iPhone carriers…no wait! That would be EVERYBODY!

  2. Throw blood into the sea and the sharks go into a frenzy. Say that, “Theft of iDevices correlates with the 87% peak in App downloads”, and the Rabid Republican spins the situation out of all proportion. Liberal this, Liberal that….my god! Puts sharks to shame.

  3. It is hilarious to watch the comments here about Bloomberg being liberal!

    As far as NYC and crime is considered, before Apple devices came about, thieves had fairly few attractive targets, and they probably went for them (yes, Rolex watches, diamond rings, pearl necklaces and similar). Never before, however, have such expensive things been so widely available to thieves as they are today, and this is primarily due to the explosion in iDevices. Thieves will go for what is easy to steal, and expensive to sell. This is why old-style cellphones (“dumbphones”) very quickly ceased being a major target for pick pockets — you can’t get more than $20 for a phone that comes free with a voice-only plan. Same thing with Android phones today: it is really not worth an effort (not to mention risk) stealing a Samsung Galaxy when you can’t even get $100 for it used, if the next person has a $700 iPhone, which you could unload for over $400 easily. Both targets are equally accessible, so obviously, thieves will prefer much more expensive iDevices over much less expensive (and more difficult to fence) non-Apple stuff.

    This is perfectly logical to anyone with common sense. And Bloomberg is obviously NOT blaming Apple for it; he is blaming careless users (and is making a few suggestions along the way).

    1. Are you saying that ‘careless users’ are to blame for someone thinking that it is OK to steal something? With that logic, I can see no end of possibilities of victims to blame for crimes against them. When are we, as a society, going to put the blame where it belongs? The criminal is the only one to blame for their own actions.

  4. Typical liberal blame-shifting. Maybe Bloomberg can learn from Obama and find a way to blame the crime on Boooosh! There’s no end to the Predrag-types who’ll just lap it up.

    1. Right on.

      Did you notice libs NEVER blame people? Only inanimate objects like iPhones or guns.

      No way do they want to lose a vote, regardless of where it comes from …

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