Mobile phone missing? Check your map

According to recent statistics by life assistance business CPP,


’s mobile phone theft rate shows very little sign of abating; with six cities showing over ten per cent of residents have had their phones nicked at some point or other.

If you’re currently reading this in a pub in


, then you should check your pockets quick, as this city has a one-in-five mobile phone theft rate, and pubs are the most likely location for it to happen.

Top ten cities for mobile phone theft:

  1. Cambridge (20.0 per cent)
  2. Leicester (19.0 per cent)
  3. London (15.5 per cent)
  4. Birmingham (13.7 per cent)
  5. Glasgow (12.1 per cent)
  6. Sheffield (11.8 per cent)
  7. Manchester (9.4 per cent)
  8. Liverpool and Southampton (9.2 per cent)
  9. Newcastle (8.7 per cent)
  10. Plymouth (7.8 per cent)

This is technically 11, but we won’t argue semantics.

Likeliest location for theft:

  1. Pub (14.8 per cent)
  2. Club (11.7 per cent)
  3. High Street/Restaurant (7.2 per cent)
  4. Home (6.3 per cent)
  5. Holiday abroad (5.8 per cent)
  6. At work (5.4 per cent)
  7. Shop (4.0 per cent)
  8. Bus (3.1 per cent)
  9. Supermarket (3.1 per cent)
  10. Train (2.7 per cent)

According to the Metropolitan police, up to 10,000 mobiles are stolen each month. The National Mobile Phone Crime Unit (NMPCU) says people should use the security functions on their phone including PIN access, silent and vibrate mode to deter would-be thieves.

John Walkley, Head of Mobile Phone Security at CPP Phonesafe said: "The constantly high rate of mobile phone theft reflects the fact Britons are still not doing enough to protect their valuables.

"It is important to remember your mobile phone is worth more than its retail price. Once stolen, fraudsters can use all the information it carries and engage in criminal activities."

Good news if you’re living in




– the lowest mobile phone theft rate can be found in these cities.

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.