The NYPD is continuing efforts to prevent iPhone thefts, a major problem in New York City, according to Metro US. Police Commissioner Ray Kelley and Mayor Michael Bloomberg claim that the overall increase in citywide crime in 2012 was because of Apple product theft. Between January 1 and September 23 of 2012, the NYPD reported 11,446 thefts of Apple products, a 40 percent increase from 2011.
If an item is stolen or lost and is registered through NYPD Operation I.D., officers are able to return the item to it’s owner. With this program officers register electronics with a serial number and phone number. They also encourage people to use the “Find my iPhone” application and the PIN lock function.
Although these solutions can help when a phone is lost, the NYPD said that NYers should be alert and keep their valuables relatively hidden at all times.