The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) for 2011/2012 show that mobile theft affected more than 826,000 people in the 12 month period with teens and youth aged 14-24 more than twice as likely to be victims of mobile theft as other age groups. The full stats, as discussed here, indicate that almost half (46%) of theft from the person and robbery incidents involved theft of a mobile phone, up from 31% in the previous time period. The CSEW statistics mirror statistics we're seeing from the US where up to 40% of robberies in major cities are cell-phone related.
When it comes to mobile theft, it's not just about the theft of these smartphones and tablets, it's also about the theft of the data and the risk these thefts pose to both companies and to individuals, particularly when these devices are in the hands of our kids. As we saw recently, students are being targeted for their school-issued iPads, placing the safety of our kids at risk and making it difficult for school districts to recover these devices. It's the unfortunate truth that youth and innocence put our kids more at risk for theft and robbery for these devices.
At Absolute Software, we are taking a stand against mobile theft. In addition to a new partnership with Samsung that places our persistence technology into the firmware of new Samsung GALAXY devices, and data & device security and theft recovery services already available through Absolute Computrace for Mobile Devices, Absolute Software recently launched Computrace Mobile Theft Management (MTM), designed with both loss prevention and theft investigation for the iPad and iPad mini, including device registration, identity tags, theft awareness materials and device discovery services.
Mobile theft has us concerned and we are committed to working with educators to ensure that 1:1 programs be as safe and secure as possible. In addition to responding to theft, we openly share our insight on mobile crime prevention which includes articles such as How to Keep School Tablets Safe.