Apple iPhone 5, 5s and 5c ‘most attractive’ mobile phones to criminals

BlackBerry, Samsung and HTC handsets are also high up on thieves’ shopping lists, but the introduction of stronger security features to phones may be helping to reduce theft overall.

Apple's three latest smartphones, the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, are officially the most commonly stolen mobiles in England and Wales.

The Mobile Phone Theft Ratio study compiled by the Home Office found that BlackBerry, Samsung and HTC handsets were the next most targeted by phone thieves.

People aged 14-24 are statistically the most likely to have a mobile swiped, while unsurprisingly, of all public places, it's at nightclubs and pubs where your phone's most at risk.

Home Secretary, Theresa May, said that although mobile phone theft is on the decline - possibly the result of stronger security features on devices - it still remains a big concern.

She added: "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's vital that government, police and industry work together to tackle this crime."

While the iPhone was found to be thieves' number one target, a spokesperson for Apple told BBC News: "We've led the industry in helping customers protect their lost or stolen devices since the launch of Find My iPhone in 2009, by allowing them to remotely set a passcode or erase all of their personal data.

"With iOS 7, Find My iPhone includes a feature called Activation Lock, which is designed to prevent anyone else from using your iPhone if you ever lose it."

Tomorrow, Apple's holding a press event in the US where it's almost certain that the iPhone 6 will be unveiled. It's also possible that Apple's first smartwatch will be announced. Watch this space for more details as they emerge…

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