Smartphone thefts in the US increased in 2013 – iPhones favoured by thieves

Throughout the US, smartphone thefts have increased in 2013, according to the HuffingtonPost. Apple products such as the iPhone are favoured by thieves.

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San Francisco

“Nearly 2,400 cell phones were stolen in San Francisco last year, a 23 percent rise from the year before, according to police. More than half of phones stolen in the city last year were iPhones.

“San Francisco police spokesman Albie Esparza said the uptick could be attributed to more people reporting phone thefts or the September launch of a new generation of iPhones, which thieves can sell for higher prices on the black market.”

New York

“In New York City, 8,465 Apple products were reported stolen last year, an 8 percent increase from the year before, according to police statistics. It was the second year in a row that thefts of iPhones and iPads went up in the city.

“New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged during his campaign last year to add more police officers to the streets to address the growing number of robberies targeting Apple devices. He also joined a nationwide effort to pressure smartphone makers to create a “kill switch” that when activated would completely shut down a phone, reducing the incentive to steal them.”

Washington D.C.

“In Washington D.C., cell phone thefts increased 6 percent last year compared to the previous year, according to police. In Denver, iPhone thefts rose 22 percent last year, the Denver Post reported.”

Philadelphia

“Across Philadelphia and its suburbs, there were nearly 500 cell phones stolen on the trains, buses and platforms of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, or Septa, last year, a 6 percent increase from 2012 and a 44 percent spike from 2011, according to the transit agency.”

If you think this is happening in the US alone, think again. In the UK, there are 300 iPhones stolen everyday on London alone, according to the Standard.

What’s the moral of the story? Be more aware when you use your iPhone or any smartphone in public places. You never know when thieves will strike.

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