If you own a smartphone and spend time at your mechanic’s shop, eat a lot of pizza or go to church, you’re more likely to lose your smartphone.
That’s what Lookout Security Inc. says, according to the San Francisco-based company’s website.
Lookout also says 1 billion phones are shipped annually to new owners.
And nearby Philadelphia is the number-one city in America where smartphones are left behind or are stolen, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.
And you can be at higher risk if you’re moving into college or if you use mass transit, like SEPTA, said AAA spokeswoman Jenny M. Robinson.
Phone theft is epidemic.
Almost one in three robberies nationwide involves a mobile phone and the Federal Communications Commission is coordinating the formation of a national database system to track stolen cellphones, Robinson adds.
And the top 10 places to lose your phone in Philadelphia in descending order are:
•auto repair shop;
•salon or barber shop, and
After Philadelphia, research shows the next nine U.S. cities, in order, where more phones are lost or stolen, are: Seattle, Oakland, Long Beach, Newark, Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore, New York and Boston.
Just a few months ago, Robinson said, Drexel students and others were robbed of their smartphones at gunpoint in three University City robberies.
Phone thefts also have occurred on SEPTA trains and buses.
Last year, 39 cellphones were lost or stolen monthly throughout SEPTA’s system, according to transit police.
Nationwide, about 113 smartphones go missing every minute, 160,000 a day and 30 million a year.
“That iPhone is iCandy to thieves,” Robinson says. “AAA urges everyone to use caution when using them in public. Don’t let the fast fingers of pickpockets get away with your high-tech devices. Stay alert and pay attention when using them in public.”