iPhone most stolen handset according to Home Office


Stats reveal most targeted handsets – Apple dominate top four spots, with iPhone 5 most likely to be stolen.

iPhones make up the top four handsets most likely to be targeted by thieves, according to a new Government consumer study, with the iPhone 5 topping the list.

The Home Office’s Mobile Phone Theft Ratio show that the Blackberry 9790 joins the iPhone 5, 5c, 5s and 4s in the list which was made of theft data from August 2012 to January 2014.

HTC and Samsung also made the top 10, according to the figures published by Home Secretary Theresa May, which were based on London crime statistics.

The data shows that around 742,000 phones were stolen in the 2012/13 period whilst the Metropolitan Police reported almost 100,000 mobile phone thefts in London alone during 2013.

May said the government is working closely with the industry to develop ways to reduce theft, with features such as remote wipe and GPS tracking already available on some devices.

She said: “The level of mobile phone theft remains a concern and people are increasingly carrying their lives in their pockets, with bank details, emails and other sensitive personal information easily accessible through mobile phones.

“This is why it is vital that government, police and industry work together to tackle this crime.”

The research shows that 14 to 24 year-olds are the most likely group to have their phones taken, whilst women were particularly vulnerable.

The most common means of theft were pickpocketing or instances were people had left their phones unattended.

Metropolitan Police intelligence indicates there was a reduction in thefts of iPhones after Apple introduced new security measures in its iOS 7 operating system update in September last year.

Listen to Mobile News Editor Michael Garwood discussing mobile phone theft on BBC Radio Wales by skipping to 44 minutes here.