Almost 160 mobiles stolen in London daily


Findings from Metropolitan Police shows over 56,000 mobiles were reported stolen between April and September last year, with iPhones accounting for around half 

The Metropolitan Police has said that 56,680 mobile phones were stolen in London between April and September 2012 – equating to 79 Apple iPhones and 157 mobiles in total stolen per day.

The findings come as the Metropolitan Police launches a new advertising campaign to alert the public to the risk of street robbery, which highlights the importance of taking steps to protect items including mobiles and tablet devices.

Mobiles are the most common stolen item, making up 70 per cent of items taken in personal robberies, with iPhones accounting for around 50 per cent of all phones stolen.

Last month 9,751 mobile phone offences were committed. That figure is likely  to rise this month, with the Met stating that such offences traditionally show an increase in the month of January compared to December.

Detective chief superintendent Simon Letchford 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.”