The UK's mobile phone theft hotspots

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Mobile phone theft is more likely to happen in Cardiff than any other town or city in the UK.

Edinburgh is in second place followed by Hull and then Leicester, new research has found.


Student towns top the list, with the highest number of claims coming from people aged between 21 and 25.

Mobile phone theft
The Welsh capital has taken the top spot, with 36% of claims to gadget insurer Protect Your Bubble regarding stolen mobiles coming from people living in the area.

Edinburgh is in second place with 32% of claims and is the only Scottish city to be included in the top 10 list. One of the reasons given for these two cities being so high up is the fact they have large student populations.

Surprisingly London only makes it to sixth place with 21% of all claims relating to stolen phones.

At the other end of the scale the least likely place for phone theft is Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire with only 7.7% of claims and Plymouth with 8.4%.

Rank

UK Town/City

Percentage of phone theft claims

1

Cardiff

36%

2

Edinburgh

32%

3

Hull

30%

4

Leicester

28%

5

Bristol

24%

6

London

21%

7

Manchester

20%

8

Southampton

19%

9

Leeds

18%

10

Coventry

17%



When looking at the numbers of other gadgets which had been reported stolen, sat navs topped the list, while music players, such as an iPod, were least likely to be stolen.

Mobile phone owners living in Manchester and Bradford are the most careless with their mobiles; these areas have the highest number of claims in the UK about lost phones.

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How to protect your phone
The research from Protect Your Bubble only relates to the company's own claims, so it's not representative of the entire population. It's also one of the cheapest policies to take out so could reflect the budgets of people living in the areas at the top of the table.

However, it's an interesting look into where people are claiming for stolen phones and shows a real difference between cities like Leicester with 28% of claims and Liverpool with 10.3%.

There are a lot of student areas in the list. They are easy prey for criminals around this time because of the amount of expensive gadgets they will take away with them.

Keeping your phone out of sight, writing down its IMEI number, and keeping a lock on the keypad are all smart things to do. But if it is stolen you should call your provider to block it straight away, and report the crime to the police who will give you a crime number.

The right kind of phone insurance
Mobile phones are expensive; the latest iPhones which were launched this week start at £469 for the 5C and £549 for the 5S. Therefore it's important if you have a mobile phone, student or not, it's protected.

There are several companies offering standalone mobile phone insurance but these are typically more expensive than a home contents policy and less likely to pay out as our article Mobile phone insurance almost impossible to claim on explains.

When you buy home contents insurance you can list your mobile phone and gadgets on the policy. There may be a charge for this which is normally around £30 a year. This is called 'personal possessions' cover and can include anything you own up to a certain value (normally £2,000).

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