Is Your City A Hotspot For Smartphone Loss?

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Specialty Gadget Insurance Brand, Protect Your Bubble, Has Collected Data From Various Studies Finding Rates of Smartphone Loss in U.S. Cities

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For thieves today, smartphones are a popular target because they are small, easy to grab, and even easier to resell. So how safe is your city for your smartphone?

In an effort to help educate smartphone owners during the upcoming holiday season, Protect Your Bubble, a specialty insurance brand offering a wide range of convenient and affordable insurance plans for electronic gadgets, pets and travel, recently shared marketplace data revealing that Philadelphia, Seattle and Oakland are the top U.S. cities in which smartphone loss occurs.

Smartphones are magnets for thieves. In fact, according to, “every minute in the U.S., 113 smartphones are lost or stolen.”

According to a 2012 study by mobile security leader Lookout, a company that makes a free app that can find a lost or stolen phone, the top 10 smartphone loss hotspots around the U.S., based on where most cases of smartphone loss per capita were reported, are as follows:

1.     Philadelphia
2.     Seattle
3.     Oakland
4.     Long Beach
5.     Newark
6.     Detroit
7.     Cleveland
8.     Baltimore
9.     New York
10. Boston

Lookout’s recent data also reveals that the top five places in which people lose their smartphones most often include: fast food restaurants, drugstores, grocery stores, coffee shops and office buildings.

“Smartphone owners are a huge target for thieves, especially during the hectic, holiday shopping season,” said Stephen Ebbett, President of Protect Your Bubble, noting that recent Protect Your Bubble data reveals that 86 percent of its policy holder’s reported claims are related to loss or theft.

“With the holidays right around the corner, Protect Your Bubble wants to educate and remind consumers about the risks involved with owning costly mobile devices. It’s important to not only insure the new devices consumers purchase for themselves, but also any gadgets they purchase as gifts for friends and loved ones.”

Ebbett offered a few helpful tips to consumers worried about becoming possible victims of smartphone theft. “It’s important to always be aware of your surroundings,” he said. “And safeguarding your valuable devices with smartphone insurance can give consumers that extra peace of mind.”

Headquartered in Atlanta, Protect Your Bubble is available online, via mobile app or phone, and allows consumers to understand, buy and protect what’s most important to them. The niche insurance company offers the following types of insurance plans:

  •     Gadget - Smartphone and tablet insurance covers loss, theft and water damage and consumers will receive a replacement device in 24 hours. Home gadget warranties provide coverage for mechanical breakdown and accidental damage for laptops, game consoles and cameras as well as mechanical breakdown for appliances, televisions, desktop computers, home theater systems and more.
  •     Travel - Plans provide a variety of coverage for single and multi-trip options including cancellation, interruption, medical/dental, baggage, and 24/7 emergency services. In addition, the concierge service provides restaurant reservations, arranges golf tee times and more.
  •     Pet – Plans provide up to 90 percent reimbursement for covered vet fees for eligible accidents, illnesses, hereditary conditions and routine wellness visits. They allow owners to visit any licensed vet in the country. Additionally, there’s only a $100 annual deductible that only needs to be met once per plan year. Coverage starts from less than $1 per day.

Consumers can purchase a monthly or single pay Protect Your Bubble insurance plan, and can cancel their plan at any time. For more information, visit

About Protect Your Bubble
Protect Your Bubble is a specialty insurance brand, offering convenient and affordable insurance for gadgets, pets and travel - all for today’s modern consumer. Headquartered in Atlanta, Protect Your Bubble is available online, via mobile app or phone, allowing consumers to understand, buy and, most importantly, protect what enriches our lives. The brand provides a wide range of coverage plans for travel, mobile gadgets, home gadgets and pets. Find Protect Your Bubble USA on Facebook or Twitter (@PYBUSA). You can also visit for more information, or to receive a two-minute quote on protecting all the things and moments you simply can’t live without.


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