Apple and Samsung products PRIME TARGET for smartphone theives
On average, 183 mobile phones are stolen across the UK every single day with a total annual value of £27million, although the real figure may be much higher, as many do not report the theft.
Although young people are the most enthusiastic users of electronics, those aged between 45 and 54 were actually the most common victims, while owners in their 60s and 70s are also regular targets.
Half of all stolen gadgets are Apple devices and theft can be a major financial blow, with the new iPhone X retailing from £999 for the 64GB model, rising to £1,149 for the 256GB handset.
Prime targets also include iPads and Samsung smartphones.
Dan Simson, head of Direct Line Home Insurance Plus, which produced the research, said a new smartphone can cost as much as a second-hand car: “Walking around with the equivalent of £1,000 in your pocket poses a significant risk.”
If your phone is stolen any personal data stored on it is at risk, so make sure it is password protected.
Simson said iPhone users should use the Find My iPhone app to help recover and lock stolen phones, while Android users should use Google Find My Device.
If you have expensive electronic devices check whether they are insured when out and about through your home contents insurance policy, under what is called “away from home” or “all-risks” cover.