Ilya Marritz covers business for WNYC.
Smartphone Thefts Could Set New Record in 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
This week, Apple introduced two new iPhones to the world. But buyers of hot new phones may have trouble hanging on to them: As of late August, more than 11,000 smartphones had been reported stolen to the NYPD. That's 7 percent higher than in the same period in 2012.
Police say every time a new Apple product hits the streets, there's a spike in thefts, as robbers try to grab the newest devices, which will fetch the highest prices on the black market.
There's one difference, now, however. Apple's new, high-end 5S phone includes fingerprint recognition and other security measures that may make it harder to re-sell a device that has been stolen.