Heading home through north London tonight? Well keep an extra close eye on that smartphone, because statistics released today reveal the London borough will soon be the worst for phone theft in the capital. With 2,452 reported thefts in 2012 – more than double the number for 2011 – the surge in smartphone snatching indicates this problem is more prevalent than ever.
Islington may be a thieving hotspot, but Westminster is currently leading the way for phone pilfering with 3,313 cases reported last year. Following a freedom of information request, more severe statistics have been made public, disclosing that only 3.76 percent of reported cases result in police action.
Keen to reduce these alarming rates of theft, the Metropolitan Police have launched ‘Operation Ringtone’ (we kid you not), a collaboration with the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit to target theft hotspots by populating them with plenty of plain clothes officers.
Below is a useful infographic from the folks over at mobileinsurance.co.uk illustrating the tube journeys you’re better off avoiding if you’re fond of your phone.