Apple thefts cause crime increase E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

According to NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, the slight uptick in Big Apple crime rates is largely due to the popularity of Apple products. According to a recent article posted on, a 40 percent jump in theft of Apple products is the key factor in figuring out why crime rates in New York City have not declined this year as has been the case for the past several decades.

"Overall crime is up 4 percent.  In the absence of the Apple thefts, we would be experiencing a decline," Kelly wrote.

As Apple releases more stuff into the marketplace, there is obviously going to be a corollary increase in thefts.

Kelly says there were 11,447 thefts of Apple products so far in 2012, an increase of 3,280 over the same period last year.

In other news for New York's Finest, the agency recently announced a new crackdown on street gangs.

In the initiative known as "Operation Crew Cut", the NYPD will double the size of its anti-gang unit to 300 officers.

"We'll focus those resources not on large, established gangs such as the Bloods and Crips, but on the looser associations of younger men who identify themselves by the block they live on, or on which side of a housing development they reside," Kelly noted in a speech delivered to the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in San Diego at the end of September.

Another part of Operation Crew Cut involves increased monitoring of social media by detectives because gang members and their associates frequently brag about shootings or robberies they committed or plan to commit, Kelly said.

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