Mobile Phone Theft in the UK – Infographic
Who’s most at risk and how can you protect yourself?
There’s one item that every thief wants to get their hands on, and that’s your mobile phone!
When you think about it, it’s not surprising. These small devices are easy to sneak out of a pocket, or grab in a busy bar. They can be easily smuggled away without detection. Even better for criminals, phones have a high resale value, which makes them very profitable indeed. However, what’s good for thieves is bad for the rest of us, as most people can’t afford to keep buying replacement phones.
Keeping your trusty smartphone safe should be a top priority at all times. You’re likely to agree with us after reading the statistics in the infographic below. Not only are mobile phones the most commonly stolen items in the UK; the best-loved brands, such as Apple and Samsung, are the most likely to get stolen. Even more worryingly, thieves tend to go for certain people, as they see them as an ‘easier’ target. In short, you might want to take extra care if you’re a woman aged between 45 and 54.
But it’s not all bad news. There are plenty of steps you can take to minimise the chances of your phone being stolen, and we’ve detailed them below. Getting mobile phone insurance is also a practical solution – it means that if your device is stolen, you’ll be covered, and it could save you hundreds of pounds.
Here’s a run-through of the key facts and figures regarding smartphone theft, and all you need to know about protecting your device from criminals.
It’s always a good idea to get insurance for a high-value item like a smartphone. That way, if it gets stolen, you’re not significantly out of pocket. When you’re out and about, treat your phone with the respect it deserves; zip it up safely in a coat pocket or bag, keep it out of sight as much as possible, and be aware of people around you.
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