Saturday, November 1, 2014

Global Impact: All Nations Are Losing the Battle Against Smartphone Theft, Robbery

According to The London Evening Standard, thefts of mobile phones are rocketing London with more than 300 being stolen in the capital every day.

New statistics reveal a total of 9,751 mobiles stolen in thefts or robberies last month in London--a 64% rise on the number stolen in London in December three years ago.

The Metropolitan Police is in talks with Apple in an effort to make iPhones more secure yet, privately, police admit that mobile phone companies are unlikely to take serious action when every phone theft means that phones are being replaced at a usurious rate.

It comes as shocking video footage emerged showing a man having his mobile phone snatched in just a seconds as he texts someone while standing in a street. One moment he is standing casually on the pavement texting a friend with the phone in one hand.

Suddenly, a hooded cyclist streaks past at a high rate of speed, leaving him helpless, furious and angry.

Now…let’s assume that the average smartphone has a street-value of $500, which is quantitatively low by all estimates, If we use the data reported by the City of London, that translates into US$4,875,500.

Attempting to calculate the global impact of stolen smartphones would challenge the brightest statistician on Earth, so let's simply calculate the 1,600,000 million smartphones are stolen annually in the third most populated nation on the planet.

If we use the 1,600,000 million smartphones stolen in the US ANNUALLY, that amounts to a staggering amount which is reflected below:

US$800,000,000, just shy of US$1 billion.

The incident took place on Essex Road in Islington in June 2014 and highlights the growing plague of smartphone thefts in London.

COMMENT: Knowing that so many of us are hardly capable of digesting all the critical information that we should review during the course of the day, please consider these VITAL tips:

1. Pull out your smartphone, look at it carefully, and realize that in Hong Kong your precious mobile has a  “street value” of upwards of US$2,000 in Hong Kong. Shocking, huh?

2. I know this is very hard to do, particularly for young adults, but please RESIST the temptation to have you smartphone VISIBLE to all to see in PUBLIC! Keep it concealed in your pocket, purse or tote bag until ACTUALLY needed to make a call;

3. When you do need to make a call, do so only in a safe environment where there is little to no likelihood that you smartphone will be stolen; and

4. Carry replacement insurance on your smartphone because NOW or LATER, your mobile is projected to be stolen, particularly if it is VISIBLE at all times.

If you are even casually concerned with the potential threat of losing “your entire LIFE,” to smartphone theft or robbery, please read very carefully the below link from THE LONDON EVENING STANDARD:

The truth be told, smartphone manufacturers have no one to blame but themselves for the astronomical, escalating rate of mobile larceny and criminality.

Both Apple and Android manufacturers have done very, very little to bring down the exorbitant cost of smartphones.

In 2009, I had my smartphone stolen from a restroom at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. At the time, the mobile was out of my reach no more than 20 seconds, yet the high-value of mobiles in the US put the mean value of a high-end smartphone at roughly $700.

Stunningly, it took me five days to replace my smartphone at an outrageous cost of $100…that was FIVE years ago.

Even worse, smartphone manufacturers do absolutely NOTHING to help owners prevent mobile theft…or even preventative steps on how to reduce mobile larceny…if not armed robbery.

Both in the case of iPhones and Androids, the latter of which are getting larger by the day.

Considering the high-value of smartphones, let’s do the math. According to The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic names has 248,752 inhabited places (cities, towns, etc.) listed in its database.

Today Scotland Yard launched a public media campaign to alert Londoners to the risks of smartphone and jewelry theft larceny and robbery.

Police are highlighting how valuable smartphones and electronic tablets are to thieves.

One advertisement depicting a mobile phone reads: “I see easy cash, so I run up to him and grab it from his hand.”

Another image depicts an iPad and another features expensive jewelry.

Police say they are dealing with a 20% increase in the number of snatches and thefts of mobile phones in London. 

Around half of all mobiles stolen are Apple iPhones.

Police say larceny and armed robbery--many committed by by thieves on bikes or mopeds--are driving a surge in theft rates in London.

Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Letchford, the crime lead for the Metropolitan Police’s operation, said: "We're trying to make people think differently with this campaign--having your personal possessions on show gives robbers a chance to make easy money.”

"The impact of losing a smartphone is not just its market value, but it can have a huge emotional impact on people's lives. Often people's whole lives are contained on their phone with contacts and photographs. These can't always be replaced."

He added: "Just being conscious of where you are and being careful about when [and where] you display your valuables can help you avoid being targeted.”

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