iPhone is the most-stolen handset in Britain

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As the Apple fans gear up for the excitement of the launch of the new iPhone, we get the news that their beloved handset is the most-stolen mobile phone in the UK.

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And statistics published by the Home Office show that the previous four models of the device are the most likely to be targeted by thieves.

The Mobile Phone Theft Ratio, which is based on crime data recorded between 2012 and 2014, indicates that the iPhone 5 is the most-stolen handset in the UK, followed by the 5C, 5S and 4S.

BlackBerry’s 9790 rounds out the top five, while Samsung Galaxy and HTC One phones also feature in the top 10.

According to the figures, there were around 750,000 victims of mobile phone theft in England and Wales in 2012-13.

In London, almost 100,000 mobile phones were reported stolen during that time.

Home Secretary Theresa May said that the level of mobile phone theft remained a concern.

“People are increasingly carrying their lives in their pockets, with bank details, emails and other sensitive personal information easily accessible through mobile phones,” she said.

“The Mobile Phone Theft Ratio will inform consumers about which mobile phones are most targeted by thieves. We are also working with industry to stop the reactivation of phones overseas, thereby killing the export market on which organised criminals rely.”

According to the Home Offfice report, around 17 per cent of mobile phone thefts occur in pubs and clubs, six per cent on public transport and five per cent in cafes and restaurants.

Women are more likely to be targeted, even if carrying the handset in a pocket and not a bag.

The data also show that 14- to 24-year-oldsare more likely than any other group to be victims of mobile phone theft.

So all of you excited to get your hands on the new iPhone 6? Le’s see how long you can actually keep your hands on it.

Stuart O’Connor