Mobile theft rose to over 820,000 last year

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Children aged 14 to 17 and those aged 18 to 24 were at greatest risk of having their phone stolen, the crime survey for England and Wales found

An estimated 826,000 people in England and Wales were victims of mobile phone theft in 2011/2012, compared with 759,000 in 2009/2010.

Those most likely to have their phone stolen were children aged 14 to 17 and those aged 18 to 24, with the theft rate for these groups being twice the average.

Women aged 18 to 24 were at highest risk, with one in 20 having their phone stolen.

The crime survey for England and Wales (CSEW) also found there was a decrease in mobile theft from children aged 10 to 13, from 2.6 per cent in 2009/2010 to 1.7 per cent in 2011/2012.

Mobile theft rates among owners aged 14 to 17 also fell year-on-year from 5.2 per cent to 4.0 per cent.

There was an increase in the rate of thefts among owners aged 75 and over, from 0.2 per cent in 2009/2010 to 0.7 per cent in 2011/2012.

The proportion of thefts and robberies involving a mobile phone increased to 46 per cent in 2011/2012 compared to 31 per cent in 2010/2011.

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