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FCC Study Reveals Smartphone Theft Statistics

The reason I recently purchased a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was because my previous phone, my trusty HTC Incredible, was stolen. I was at a Chinese restaurant and I left my phone on the table while I walked away for a moment. I live in a small town that doesn’t see a lot of major crime, the restaurant only had a handful of customers, and I was with a friend who was hovering around the table, so I just didn’t think much of it. Needless to say it was a bonehead move on my part and my phone was promptly swiped.

I’m not alone.

According to a recent FCC study, well over one million smartphones are reported stolen each year, which accounts for a tenth of all known robberies. And that’s just the reported ones, so the actual number of thefts is assuredly higher.

As far as the FCC is concerned, the key to reducing this number is making the phone useless to would-be thieves. Activation locks on iPhones have already become a deterrent and some states are passing laws that make it mandatory to install kill switches on mobile devices that will lock them down if they’re stolen. These are simple methods that go a long, long way.

Until your phone is equipped with something like this, don’t pull a “Dylan” and keep an eye on it at all times.

via Engadget

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