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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.

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