Metropolitan police reveal that over 56,000 mobiles were stolen between April and September in 2012.
Londoners would be well advised to keep their wits about them when using their mobiles in public, after the Metropolitan Police found that an average of around 160 phones are stolen every day.
The findings show that 56,680 mobile phones were stolen between April and September in 2012, which, when broken down, reveal that an average of 79 iPhones and 157 mobiles in total were stolen each day.
Mobile phones are now the most common stolen item, making up for 70 per cent of belongings taken in muggings. And what’s more, these figures show no sign of falling, after it was revealed last month that 9,751 mobile phone offences were committed. This number is also set to rise this month, with the Metropolitan Police indicating that these kinds of offences tend to rise in January when compared to December.
The findings coincide with the launch of a new advertising campaign aimed at warning the public of the risks of personal robberies.
Simon Letchford, detective chief superintendent, said: “We’re trying to make people think differently about this campaign – having your personal possessions on show gives robbers a chance to make easy money. If you are a victim, you may lose things that have a personal value to you and which can’t always be replaced, in addition to the cost of replacing items.
“While we continue to work to reduce these offences there are a number of practical steps you can take to help protect yourself – including videos and advice tips we have made available via our MPS website – and would urge the public to view these.”