Thieves prefer to steal Apple iPhones over other smartphones, according to new data compiled by the government.
A paper by the Home Office entitled Reducing Mobile Phone Theft and Improving Security reports that four of the top five most stolen mobiles are iPhones, in the following order: iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S and iPhone 4S.
Perhaps surprisingly, the fifth most stolen phone is the BlackBerry 9790, which is taken more often than higher-end devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 or S3.
Most phones are pick-pocketed or taken when a device is left briefly unattended in a public place, such as a pub or on public transport. Females between the ages of 18-21 are most likely to have their phone stolen.
The report recognises the introduction of new features from phone manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung that are designed to reduce thefts by making it easier to track phones or wipe them remotely.
The paper cites intelligence from the Metropolitan Police Service that says the black market value of iPhones has fallen since the introduction of iOS 7 and its new security features. At the same time iPhone thefts have fallen (shown below).
However, home secretary Theresa May said the figures show more is needed to help protect citizens from this modern-day menace.
“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,” she said. “This is why it is vital that government, police and industry work together to tackle this crime.”
The report comes on the eve of Apple's expected unveiling of two new iPhone models, likely called the iPhone 6, as well as the long-rumoured iWatch.
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