Smartphone Theft of Mobile Phones in most countries are being stolen at an alarming rate, where theives try and get the personal information of the person that owns it.
In South Africa, Chris Preece was hacked with a machete. In the United States, Megan Boken was shot twice in the chest and neck. In England, Keith Soons was stabbed in the head with a screwdriver.
Three victims on three continents, all killed for the same object: a cell phone.
A young man in the prime of his life was left to die on a cold back street, all for the sake of a mobile phone,” a Gloucestershire police officer said after Soons death in 2011.
Around the world, smartphone thefts have not only skyrocketed but have also turned increasingly violent, forcing law enforcement, government and industry officials to scramble for solutions to a modern-day global crime wave with deadly consequences. The robberies are being driven by an insatiable demand for a product worth hundreds of dollars that millions of people carelessly hold on subways and sidewalks, creating what police say is a crime of opportunity.
In the United States, where nearly half of all robberies each year involve mobile devices, police departments have created special undercover units to disrupt the stolen phone black market. In one common sting operation, a plainclothes officer hawks stolen phones on the street, then other officers swoop in and arrest the buyers.
In Colombia, where 1.6 million phones were snatched last year, the government has produced a series of television commercials to discourage people from buying stolen devices. In one ad, blood begins oozing out of phones in peoples hands, followed by a message on the screen that suggests buyers of stolen devices are indirectly responsible for the often-violent robberies plaguing the country.
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