UK citizens are being urged to keep their mobile phones safe, following the revelation that some three million handset owners have been victims of theft.
Research from life assistance company CPP shows which parts of the UK are the worst for phone thefts. Some 11 per cent of residents in Sheffield have had their phones stolen, followed by Edinburgh at nine per cent and London at eight per cent.
The most common way of losing a phone is theft from a pocket, at 25 per cent of victims, but 20 per cent had phones stolen from a pub or restaurant table, 10 per cent had been mugged, and five per cent had suffered a theft while at work.
However, despite this 'epidemic', few users insure their handsets, according to CPP, which said that almost two-thirds of Brits choose to opt out of such services.
Many are simply careless with their phones and open themselves up to theft, with Home Office figures suggesting that 228 mobiles are stolen every hour in the UK, the firm said.
"Mobile phones are an integral part of our day-to-day lives, and many would be lost without them," said Danny Harrison, head of mobile at CPP.
"It's no wonder that thieves target phones, especially with the increasing amount of personal and sensitive information held on them to access social networking sites and mobile banking services."
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