Handset Theft Amongst Adolescents Reaches New Heights Affecting 70 Percent of Young Consumers

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The prevalence of mobile phone theft and other forms of mobile phone crime has become a widespread problem, according to a new survey conducted by Juniper Research, with 70 percent of young consumers surveyed associated in some way with a victim of mobile theft.

The prevalence of mobile phone theft and other forms of mobile phone crime has become a widespread problem, according to a new survey conducted by Juniper Research, with 70 percent of young consumers surveyed associated in some way with a victim of mobile theft.

The findings by Juniper Research support those by Halifax Home Insurance who claim that on average, one mobile phone is stolen in the UK alone every 12 seconds. The article - which appeared in Reuters last month – was based on figures by Halifax combined with government statistics, claiming more than 2 million phones stolen at a cost of 390 million pounds in 2005 alone.

Juniper’s survey questioned a wide demographic including young mobile consumers aged 5 to 20 years, while enlisting a contrast of opinion from parents and teachers. The survey - covering purchasing and spending patterns, security issues, and time spent on and relative importance of mobile phones in today’s youth culture – raised a number of concerns.

According to Juniper figures, theft appears intrinsically wound within young mobile consumer culture with 70 per cent of those aged 5 to 20 years having an experience in some way with mobile theft. Figures supported by over one half of all responding parents, and 83 per cent of teachers who expressed their respective experience of mobile theft through their children and students.

Juniper survey author Nick Parkins is in no doubt as to the significance of parental response to mobile theft, saying: "Despite being one step removed from the ‘front line’ as far as mobile theft is concerned, and the inconsistent filtering of information from adolescents to parents in lifestyle matters, including personal security, the incidence remains markedly high."

The survey further considered other security concerns associated with adolescent mobile use, with 27 per cent of 5 to 20 year olds the victims of mobile mugging, or associated with someone who has. A further 22 per cent registered having been, or associated with, a victim of bullying via mobile phone.

For a free whitepaper and further details of the new survey ‘Mobile Youth Culture Survey: Contrasting Parental, Teacher and Young Person Opinions of Mobile Phone Concerns’ visit http://www.juniperresearch.com or contact Michele Ince, Telephone +44(0)1256 830002/476200.

Juniper Research provides analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, providing analyst reports, consultancy and industry surveys.

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