Warning to protect gifts from thieves

The Metropolitan Police Service is warning owners of new electronic gadgets given as Christmas presents to take steps to protect themselves from thieves as figures for personal robbery and theft start rising over the next few weeks.

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Sharp rise in theft of gadgets in London

Between April and September 2012, 28,800 iPhones alone (out of a total number of 56,680 mobiles) were reported stolen in London, that is 170 a day on average.

There were also 139,345 burglary, robbery and theft and handling stolen goods offences related to all phones, laptops and MP3 players between 1 October 2011 and end of September 2012, compared with 131,506 over the same time period the previous year, a rise of around 6%.

In England and Wales there are approximately 330,000 phones reported stolen a year. In London statistics show phones are stolen in around 70% of personal robberies.

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