Sunday, March 13, 2011

New times, new crimes

Certain criminal practices are also subject to technology disruptions.

In a 2001 story, the New York Times reported that there were 23,068 reported pickpocketing incidents in the city in 1990, amounting to nearly $10 million in losses. Five years later, the number of reported incidents had fallen by half, and by the turn of the millennium, there were less than 5,000. Today, the NYPD doesn't even maintain individual numbers on pickpocketing. "It's hardly a problem anymore," says a department spokesperson.

Check forgers and horse thieves are gone too.

tags: technology, evolution, d, disruption, 4q diagram

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