Smartphone thefts in San Francisco mapped out
IDG News has gathered data from the San Francisco Police Department and mapped out all the cell phone and tablet thefts in San Francisco from November 2012 to April 2013.
The interactive map provides a summary of the details for each incident, what type of weapon was used to assist the suspect (S) against the victim (V), and if anyone was injured. Thefts in major cities across the country seem to have been increasing.
You can check out the interactive map here. The reports for each theft are nearly as diverse as the locations where they occurred. While no one likes the prospect of having to replace their expensive hardware, it may not be worth putting your safety or life on the line to protect it. Remember to be aware of your surroundings and exercise caution when in areas that might pose an opportunity to those that bid you ill will.
1. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Wow, robbery with knife or even firearm?! I'm scared...
I had read some time ago that the smartphone robberies are becoming progressively more violent. At first most of them were snatched off-guard. Now police say that they'll break your nose and take it -- seriously, getting a phone stolen sucks enough. Don't break my nose, bro!
3. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Even greater an advantage when he can curse the unfortunate robber and take his phone instead. And his shoes.
4. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6736; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
How bout not taking your phone out or leave it at home.
9. remtothemax (Posts: 239; Member since: 02 May 2012)
...why would you even have a phone then?
11. jbreault (Posts: 25; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)
ok then why have a cellphone if your going leave it home .
5. MartianMe (unregistered)
Wow this doesn't even happens in third world country....well at least not this much.
10. gwobbles (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)
Yeah it's totally shocking that smartphones and tablets are not stolen as much in third world countries. There's no way that there are more people walking around with $500 gadgets in San Fransico than a third world country for people to steal.
12. jbreault (Posts: 25; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)
that's because no one is running around with $700. in a third world country lol
6. ReddD (Posts: 37; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
surprising number seeing as you can actually track a phone after it is stolen!
8. dan_md (Posts: 66; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)
Oooh. And I thought U.S. was a first world country.