There has been a marked uptick in thefts among New Yorkers lately, and many of the items being snatched happen to be Apple (News - Alert) products. Apple owners in the Big Apple are prone to carrying and using their iPads and iPods, among other electronics, in pretty public places, including the subway, and for some this has proven to be a terrible idea. It turns out that you don’t even have to be a particularly good pickpocket to get away with someone’s iPhone (News - Alert) if they’re using it right in the subway!
It’s no surprise that this new crime spree is occurring right after the release of the iPhone 5. While the launch itself was well-guarded the by NYPD, there have been many people with itchy fingers snatching the new smartphone models away from people who have just gotten a hold of them. iPhones and other Apple products are very enticing for thieves, who know how valuable the gadgets are because of publicity.
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The amount Apple products being stolen is pretty overwhelming. Reportedly, thefts of Apple gadgets have gone up by nearly 50 percent this year, making them one of the most targeted class of items in the city. The NYPD has put out the word that it’s unwise to ignore your surroundings while using your smartphone. Make sure to be aware of where you are when pulling out your new iPhone, or other hand held device. People who are not alert and aware of their surroundings are far more likely to be susceptible to being a victim.
There are simple fixes to make sure that you don’t get your new toy taken away. Try and use your device only in well-populated areas, if you’re going to use it outside at all. Try and limit the amount you use your device on the subway, as that is where most thefts happen. Never have your headphones in when you are in a remote area, lest you get snuck up on. With these and other helpful hints, you should be just fine.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman