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Mobile phone theft up 25% in three years

The rising value of smartphones and the sophisticated tactics of modern thieves have fuelled a 25% increase in mobile phone theft over the past three years.

According to official figures obtained by LV= home insurance, street muggings and pick pocketing where mobile phones were stolen has risen year-on-year since 2010. In the first eight months of this year, 264 mobile phone thefts were reported each day – an increase of 7% compared with 2011 figures.

Over half of perpetrators arrested are aged 19 or under according to the Metropolitan Police, with close to 16,500 teens arrested in the past three years nationwide.

Pickpocketing is the most common form of mobile phone theft. One in six (17%) of those who have had a phone stolen say it was taken from their bag or pocket. A smaller number (8%) have even had their phone snatched from their hand as they were using it and a further 6% were mugged for it.