New data reveals Westminster is the most high-risk area for phone theft

loveit coverit, a leading provider of mobile and gadget insurance across the UK, reviewed data recorded by the Metropolitan Police to see which areas of London the public were most at risk of phone theft.
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WESTMINSTER, U.K. - Jan. 25, 2023 - PRLog --
  • Mobile phone thefts are up 48.3% in 2022 when compared to 2021.
  • Westminster had the most offences in London, with 10,827 thefts reported.
  • Bexley had the least amount of reported mobile phone thefts, with only 63.
  • Between January 2022 and November 2022, 8,635 mobile phones were reported as being taken in a robbery.

loveit coverit looked into data collected in London as they are committed to helping customers avoid and recover from potential phone thefts. loveit coverit wanted to understand the level of risk in each of London's major boroughs and by using data gathered from the Met Police, they were able to highlight the riskiest regions to ensure all phone users stay safe.

The information collected this year has shown an uptick in mobile phone thefts in 2022, an average of 3,167 mobile phone thefts a month, compared to the 2,127 mobile phone thefts reported a month in 2021.

Interestingly, Westminster had the most cases, with 10,827 phones stolen, which could be related to large tourist attractions such as Big Ben being in proximity. The most dangerous places in London, where the most thefts happened, are Westminster, Camden (3,548 thefts), Islington (2,217 thefts), and Hackney (2,343 thefts). The safest was Bexley with 63 reports and Merton with 89 reports. When calculating the number of phones stolen compared to the footfall, there was a 3.9% chance of having your phone stolen in Westminster.

With London being so busy there have been an increased amount of thefts reported, with an average of 4,018 people reporting their phones stolen in November 2022 compared to an average of 3,487 in November 2021.

Speaking about the research, loveit coverit Brand Manager, Jonathan Owen, notes:

"At loveit coverit, we want to help protect the things people love, including your smartphone or favourite gadget. We've seen a big rise in the number of mobile phones reported stolen this year, so it was fascinating to dive into the data for London and see the numbers."

He continued, "We're very interested in highlighting this data to the public, so consumers know how to be aware and careful when they're out. loveit coverit believes in providing affordable insurance coverage that will be sure to ease any stress for people who are out frequently."

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loveit coverit provide mobile phone and gadget insurance for 30 years, the company has insured in excess of one million devices to date, and all claims are handled by their in-house team.

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