David Frum

12.29.12

Apple's Statistically Significant Impact on Crime Numbers

New York City delivered a generally very positive crime report for 2012 (homicide levels fallen to the lowest level since the early 1960s, most variants of non-lethal crime down), with only one stand-out exception: a surge in thefts of Apple products.

The series of Apple-product thefts has been challenging the police for several years, but this is the first time they have been seen as significantly skewing the crime statistics. “If you just took away the jump in Apple, we’d be down for the year,” Mr. Bloomberg’s press secretary, Marc La Vorgna, said.

Ominous news for Samsung and Microsoft however:

[Police commissioner Raymond] Kelly said the thefts of non-Apple devices had declined.