http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/ithefts_push_up_apple_crime_rate_EIyowaX2jSo3Y8TxEgNwJO Apple products are hotter than ever here. The Police Department reported yesterday that thefts of high-priced iPads, iPhones and other â€œiGizmosâ€ are skyrocketing, with 15,627 swiped this year as of last Sunday. Thatâ€™s an increase of 3,890 from last year, or 33 percent. There were so many Apple devices grabbed in robberies, larcenies and burglaries that they impacted the cityâ€™s overall crime stats. â€œItâ€™s up a touch,â€ Mayor Bloomberg said of the crime numbers. â€œBut if you took out thefts of Apple products â€” not Galaxies, Samsungs â€” just Apple products, our total crime rate would be lower than it was last year.â€ There were 3,484 more crimes committed this year than in 2011, according to the NYPD. So if Apple products were stolen at the previous yearâ€™s rate of 11,737, crime overall would have gone down this year. The mayor called on Apple users to be more conscious of their precious properties, which tend to be the priciest in their categories. A top-of-the-line iPad was selling yesterday on the Best Buy Web site for $829.99. Bloomberg even handed out advice on how to avoid being a victim of a pickpocket looking to snatch Apple phones. â€œDonâ€™t put it in a pocket where itâ€™s easy to take out of your pocket without you noticing it,â€ he recommended, speaking of smaller, handheld iPhones. â€œPut it in a pocket in sort of a more body-fitting, tighter clothes that you can feel if somebody put their hand in your pocket, not just an outside coat pocket.â€ Police statistics showed that the single largest increase in Apple heists was from ownersâ€™ pockets and possessions. Those spiked more than 50 percent, from 2,218 in 2011 to 3,340 this year. Robberies â€” meaning the use of force or threat to steal an Apple device â€” jumped from 3,781 to 4,949, or nearly 31 percent. There was also a 31 percent increase in devices purloined elsewhere, say from a desk. Burglaries of the coveted gadgets are up from 2,446 to 3,029, or about 24 percent. One city official said some thieves target Apple users because they are stealing to order for a thriving black market. The NYPD is urging Apple owners to register their products so they can be traced if stolen. In September, on the first day the new iPhone 5 went on sale, cops fanned out to six Apple shops to notify customers that they could download a free â€œFind my iPhoneâ€ app that would help locate missing devices. The NYPD also said that local precinct station houses are prepared to offer an engraving service to add serial numbers on the phones so they could be more easily identified if swiped. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly first raised warning flags about Apple thefts earlier this year, when he deployed additional undercover patrols in the subways often targeted by thieves seeking the devices.