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iPhone is 'top target for thieves'

Apple's latest iPhone models are the smartphones most likely to be targeted by thieves, according to a new Government list for consumers.

A Mobile Phone Theft Ratio has been published by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, to show which handsets are most likely to be stolen.

The list, based on data for the period August 2012 to January 2014, is topped by the Apple iPhone models 5, 5C, 5S and 4S, followed by the Blackberry 9790 in fifth place. Samsung Galaxy and HTC phones also feature on the index.

Ms May said: " Crime has fallen by more than 10% under this government. This is good news for a safer England and Wales.

"However, 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.

"This is why it is vital that government, police and industry work together to tackle this crime.

"The Mobile Phone Theft Ratio will inform consumers about which mobile phones are most targeted by thieves. We are also working with industry to stop the reactivation of phones overseas, thereby killing the export market on which organised criminals rely.

"The mobile phone industry is already taking vital action to introduce features that enable phones to be tracked and wiped if they are stolen.

"It is encouraging to see that these security improvements have contributed to recorded theft from the person falling by 10% in the last year, according to the most recent crime statistics."

A paper published by the Home Secretary also sets out steps on how the public can protect their mobile phones from being stolen.

There were 742,000 victims of mobile phone theft in England and Wales according to the 2012/13 Crime Survey for England and Wales.

In London alone, almost 100,000 mobile phones were reported stolen to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) during 2013.

The paper shows that people are most likely to have their phones stolen directly from their person, through pick-pocketing, or when the handset is briefly left unattended, for example at a table in a bar.

The data also show that certain groups are especially vulnerable - 14- to 24-year-olds, and particularly women, are more likely than any other group to be victims of mobile phone theft.

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