Even thieves are turn­ing noses up at Black­ber­rys

Brand-aware thieves are ig­nor­ing the un­pop­u­lar hand­sets

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Goolis­tan Cooper goolis­tan.cooper@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HALF BOARD FREE DRINKS IT WOULD ap­pear mo­bile phone cus­tomers are not the only ones turn­ing their backs on Black­berry and Nokia de­vices.

Amid re­ports of fall­ing sales for the two brands, new statis­tics in London also show thieves are far more likely to steal phones made by other brands, such as Sam­sung and Ap­ple.

The fig­ures are based on the replies of 39 po­lice forces in the UK which re­sponded to a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion (FOI) ques­tion.

The data also show the Met Po­lice re­ported a big drop in over­all phone thefts be­tween the fi­nan­cial years 2011-2012 and 2013-2014 – down 20.4 per cent, from 231,853 to 184,578.

That rep­re­sents the fourth big­gest fall among the 39 forces that re­sponded to the FOI re­quest.

The data also re­veals what the crim­i­nals’ phone of choice is and how that has changed in re­cent years.

The Met says in 2011, 25 per cent of phones stolen were Black­berry de­vices, and 12.2 per cent were Nokias.

By last year, each ac­counted for just five per cent of phones stolen in the cap­i­tal.

Ap­ple’s iPhones are cur­rently the London mo­bile phone thief ’s pre­ferred op­tion, ac­count- ing for over half (52.6 per cent) the to­tal swiped in 2014.

Sam­sung thefts in the cap­i­tal have also risen, from 7.5 per cent in 2011 to 24.4 per cent in 2014.

The changes re­flect the shift­ing pop­u­lar­ity of phone mak­ers but could in­di­cate thieves feel Nokia and Black­berry phones are not worth steal­ing.

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