iPhone activation lock

The UK government published a new report highlighting mobile theft in the country. According to the statistics, iPhones are more likely to be targeted in a theft, followed by BlackBerry smartphones and Samsung's offerings.

Analysis of hundreds of thousands of data points describing theft in London from 1 August 2012 to 5 January 2014 shows that over 50 per cent of all phones stolen were Apple iPhones. The brand with the next highest percentage of mobile phones stolen is Blackberry, followed by Samsung.

The government's research indicates that most handsets are stolen through pick-pocketing, or when a handset is left unattended for a short amount of time. London seems to witness a majority of smartphone-related thefts, with the city bearing witness to over 100,000 thefts last year. Handset manufacturers are actively looking to curtail mobile-related thefts by introducing activation lock and data deletion features, and while such services are not yet mandatory in the UK, the government is advising all smartphone users to register for these utilties.

Head on to the source link below to read the UK government's findings in full.

Source: UK Government; Via: BBC