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NYPD PSA: Nearly 12,000 Apple Devices Stolen in 2012 So Far

by Adriana Lee | September 26, 2012September 26, 2012 8:00 pm PST

When it comes to consumer tech theft, Apple products have historically been high on muggers’ priority lists. But this one really underscores that point: According to the New York City Police Department, there has been a 40 percent increase in the number of Apple device robberies in the last 9 months, compared to the same timeframe last year. That amounts to 3,280 incidents, resulting in 11,447 Apple gadgets stolen.

That’s a bigger growth than the city’s overall crime statistics during this period. Not just that, but NYC reports 79,335 criminal acts so far this year, which beats last year by 3,015. So when you think about it, you could say that the boom in Apple tech thefts accounts for more than the entire increase of crime for the whole city.

Looks like thieves, muggers and burglars are getting bolder. And it’s not just in New York City. In California, the news media is fixated on infamous reports of people breaking into Apple stores, even ramming cars into the storefronts for epic “smash-and-grabs.”

The takeaway here? Don’t go flashing gadgets with the Apple logo emblazoned on it — especially if you live in New York, California… or really, any urban areas. (And uh, maybe don’t hang out near Apple stores at night either.)

You might even want to swap those white cords out for earbuds with standard black ones. No sense tipping potential muggers off to your gear.

Have you ever been the victim of a tech robbery? Tell us your story in the comments below.

[Via Chip Chick]

Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...