"These types of thefts and robberies are occurring every day across America, and law enforcement is striving to find innovative ways to combat this growing crime. In a story for the 'Today' show on NBC, Stamford, Connecticut, Police Captain Rick Conklin said that 'Apple picking' (slang term for iPhone thefts or robberies) is 'a trend that's actually gaining speed and growing very rapidly.' Every day, criminals snatch phones on crowded streets, inside restaurants, and on subways, reselling them on the Internet, on street corners, and inside local convenience stores. It is estimated that stolen and lost cell phones will cost American consumers approximately $30 billion this year."
Bureau of Justice Assistance, Law Enforcement Forecasting Group: https://www.bjalefg.com/