£8m worth of mobiles stolen in London in past year

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Smartphones made up highest value of thefts in the capital, according to figures from the Metropolitan Police

More than £8 million worth of mobile devices were stolen in London over the last year, according to figures from the Metropolitan Police.

Phones were the highest value items for thieves, according to the numbers obtained by the Evening Standard in a Freedom of Information request.

Overall, thefts in the capital were up by nine per cent to 34,061 in the last year, with women being the most targeted demographic, reporting a total of 20,794 cases, compared with 13,458 cases reported by men of all ages.

Thefts across the UK were down, however, according to a recent report from Protect Your Bubble – the number of tis claims due to theft were down from 6.4% in the period October-March 2015 to 5.4% in April-September 15, according to data based on 69,000 claims.

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