Apple’s iPhone 5 is the most common handset to be targeted by thieves, according to a report published by the UK Home Office.
Crime statistics from 2012 to 2014 published in the Mobile Phone Theft Ratio show that the iPhone 5 is the handset most desired by theoves, followed by the iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, and the older iPhone 4S.
The Blackberry 9790 comes in fifth place, while Samsung Galaxy and HTC phones also feature in the top ten.
Young people aged 14-24 are the most common victims of mobile phone theft, with women disproportionately affected out of the 742,000 mobile phones stolen stolen across England and Wales in 2012/13.
Discussing the report, Home Secretary Theresa May said:
“People are increasingly carrying their lives in their pockets, with bank details, emails and other sensitive personal information easily accessible through mobile phones. This is why it is vital that government, police and industry work together to tackle this crime.”
The mobile phone industry is already tackling the issue of mobile theft by introducing features such as remote locking and wiping of handsets once they have been discovered stolen, as well as offering users the ability to track their missing devices. According to the Met Police, these features have caused a 10% fall in mobile phone thefts in the last year as thieves struggle to sell on locked and unusable handsets on the black market.