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NYPD: Your Shiny New iPhone 5 is a Crime Magnet

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 NYPD: Your Shiny New iPhone 5 is a Crime Magnet

Apple iPhone 5. (Photo: twitter.com/DiarioLaPrensa)

The New York Police Department has good reason to be concerned about consumers’ Apple products: theft of Apple hardware has risen 40 percent in the last year. Compare that to an overall four percent rise in crime and you have what almost sounds like a crime wave focused on iPods, iPhones and iPads.

Plenty of iThefts occur in the street, but NBC New York reports your beloved cuddle phone is in even more danger on the subway:

The problem is especially severe underground. As a result, the NYPD has been working with the MTA to hide decoy cops on trains and monitoring cameras across the subway system.

According to the NBC affiliate, the high resale value of Apple products makes “anyone holding an iPhone” a potential target.

Until the advent of the iPhone 8 with an embedded industrial laser or hidden switchblade, this may continue to be a problem.

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