Americans suffered an estimated $1 billion in property losses in 2013 through the thefts of an estimated 3.1 million smartphones. That’s roughly the amount taken in bank robberies in the US in 2010. The estimated loss does not consider commercial and personal data that can be lost irretrievably with the phones.
Cellphone thefts obviously are an enormous crime problem. Industry spokespeople say the problem is overblown and legislation in Congress to require kill switches on the devices is unnecessary. Hmmm.
Thanks to colleague Gary Cordner for finding this; excerpted from the Washington Post, April 18, 2014
Cellphone thefts surge across region, nation
By Martin Weil
A recent Consumer Reports survey suggests that Washington area robberies are part of a huge upsurge in the number of such crimes across the country.
On Thursday (April 17), Consumer Reports posted a projection — based on its survey — of the number of smartphone thefts committed last year in the United States. The publication said on its Web site that about 3.1 million Americans were victims last year of smartphone theft.
That, according to Consumer Reports, is nearly double the number indicated by a survey in 2012.