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59% of thefts in one U.S. city were smartphone thefts

59% of thefts in one U.S. city were smartphone thefts

1.6 million cellphone thefts were reported in 2012. That increased in 2013, but can you guess how many more thefts were reported last year?

Well, according to an FCC study, 3.1 million cellphone thefts were reported in 2013. That's about double the amount stolen in 2012.

The study didn't just cover the bad news, however, and it found that Apple's new anti-theft security measures like Find My iPhone and Activation Lock managed to reduce overall thefts of iOS devices.

Whether these measures acted as a deterrent for criminals or a way for victims to get their phones back, I'm not entirely sure.

And with the number of cellphone robberies experienced by one U.S. city, Apple's newfangled security measures are more necessary than ever.

If you live in San Francisco, then the FCC study found that 59% of all thefts in your city were smartphone-related. When you think about it, though, that number isn't really all that shocking.

People are carrying less cash with them, and in tech-dominated cities like San Francisco, you'd assume that every mugger would know about the smartphones that everyone's carrying.

Are people protecting themselves? Here's more info from the FCC:

  • 22% of smartphone users installed software that can locate their phone
  • 34% of smartphone users don't take a any security measures
  • 36% of users set a screen lock with a 4-digit pin
  • 46% of robberies in New York in 2013 involved a smartphone

For those in population centers like San Francisco and New York, staying safe should mean doing what 34% of smartphone users don't: Take action. Keep your smartphone secure with this essential security software.

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Source: Factually
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