Leeds remains UK’s biggest mobile and theft hotspot


A fifth of claims to Protect Your Bubble made from the city in the past six months, followed by Salford and London  

Leeds has maintained its position as the biggest mobile and theft hotspot in the UK, with more than a fifth of insurance claims made from the city.

This is according to new claims data from gadget insurer Protect Your Bubble, based on 69,000 UK insurance claims between April and September.

It revealed that 21.4 per cent of claims received from smartphone and tablet owners in the Yorkshire city were for theft, but this was down from 28.6 per cent in the previous six month period.

Salford was second, where claims have risen from 9.1 per cent to 14.9 per cent, while London was third, where claims fell from 11.3 per cent to 9.5 per cent.

Thefts rise in 10 cities

Out of the 35 biggest UK towns and cities, 10 have seen thefts rise over the past six months: Salford, Sunderland, Portsmouth, Cardiff, Wakefield, Leicester, Newcastle, Liverpool, Wolverhampton and Swansea.

Residents of the Welsh city had been the safest from mobile and tablet thieves from October 2014-March 2015, with 1.6 per cent of total claims for theft, but this has now doubled to three per cent.

Those in Derby (1.5 per cent), Plymouth (1.6 per cent), Hull (two per cent) and Edinburgh (2.4 per cent were all safer than Swansea.

Half stolen when unattended 

A survey of victims and their families of 552 UK adults in May also revealed 53 per cent of mobiles are stolen whilst unattended by the owner – 13 per cent of which are locked away – with pubs and bars (25 per cent) being the most common theft hotspot, followed by people’s workplace (14 per cent).

Almost half (47 per cent) of stolen mobiles are taken from individuals. Of these, 26 per cent are stolen from coat pockets, 12 per cent from people’s hands, 12 per cent from back trouser pockets and 11 per cent from front trouser pockets.

People are most likely to have their phone stolen while walking down the street (16 per cent), or whilst shopping (13 per cent), or on a bus (11 per cent) or train (11 per cent).

Protect Your Bubble director Stephen Ebbett said: “The number of gadgets thefts across the UK might be falling but 10 cities have seen thefts rise. Portable gadgets are prolific and easy to steal, either unwittingly or forcibly, and have a street value, which is why cities like Wakefield, Newcastle and Swansea have seen thefts more than double in just six months”