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NYPD: Thieves still really love Apple Inc. devices

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Apple fanatic Whitney just replaced her iPhone 5. When we asked her about, if you didn't know any better, you might think she was talking about a family member; she said it's her everything.

She is not the only New Yorker who feels this way.

That is perhaps why it's so troubling, the NYPD says, that Apple products are among the biggest targets for thieves.

The NYPD says that in 2012, nearly 20 percent of all burglaries, robberies and grand larcenies involved apple products. In total almost 16,000 apple items were stolen. That is 14 percent of all the crime in the city.

Bob Strang, a former FBI and DEA agent, is now CEO of Investigative Management Group. He said the items have a high resell value. He said these Apple thefts are not petty crimes: the criminals have a network.

While Strang wants the criminals off the streets before they steal, the City Council is currently debating a measure that would force pawn shops and resellers to share their inventory with police through a digital database -- a way to take a bite out of crime that apple devotees seem to be on board with.

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