The chances are that either yourself, or someone you know, has fallen victim to mobile phone theft in the past twelve months.
New data released by police forces across the UK has revealed that mobile phone theft is on the rise.
So far, in 2012 alone, more than 260 mobile phones have been stolen each day. This figure equates to an increase of 7% compared with the same figures last year.
It is understood that since 2010, police forces across the UK have dealt with over 230,000 mobile phone thefts but only 1% of handsets have been recovered.
As technology advances, mobile phones are becoming more sought after, particularly as their intrinsic value has increased. Stolen handsets are usually thought to end up on the black market, where they can fetch nearly four times their value in foreign countries.
The majority of city centres across the UK remain mobile phone theft hotspots.
However, other crowded areas including nightclubs, concerts and public transport are also places where people should practice mobile phone safety.
Top tips to avoid mobile phone theft:
- Be aware. Don’t leave your mobile phone out in public view.
- Set a password and lock key for your mobile phone.
- Download a mobile phone application which could locate your phone or wipe the data in case of theft.
- Each mobile phone has an individual IMEI number. Record yours.
- Register your device on the National Mobile Phone Register
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