Have you ever lost your phone or had it stolen?

Have you ever lost your phone or had it stolen?
If you have ever left your phone behind in a bar, or had it outright stolen from your purse, you might think that this sort of thing is rare. According to a 2014 study by mobile security firm Lookout, however, that's hardly the deal.

Over 2,400 people took part in Lookout's survey between March 4 and March 20, with respondents hailing from the likes of the U.K., Germany, and France. The results? A staggering 44% of participants reported that they had their smartphone stolen after leaving it behind in a public setting, followed by 14% whose house/car was burglarized, and 11% who had it stolen from their hands, pocket, purse, or bag. Lookout identified restaurants as the most common public setting where phone theft occurs (mostly after people forget their gadget on the table). 

Those numbers are pretty serious. Which is why we appreciate the efforts of companies such as Google and Apple who've pushed out some pretty handy, find-my-phone type solutions for their customers to make good use of in events like these. Still, we're pretty sure that a significant number of our own readers have had their smartphone stolen or lost it nevertheless. Are we correct? 

Have you ever lost your phone or had it stolen?

Stolen (last 3 years)
14.84%
Stolen (3 or more years ago)
13.54%
Lost (last 3 years)
7.29%
Lost (3 or more years ago)
10.33%
No
53.99%

reference: Lookout

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52 Comments

1. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Nope, never

2. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

I lost a phone in my own house. Don't ever clean your house drunk, you may accidentally throw your phone out.

25. Brewski

Posts: 659; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I lost one phone while skiing but that's about it.

3. Awalker

Posts: 1957; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Nope. And that's probably why I didn't have a secure lock screen up until I got my 6P a couple of months ago.

4. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Nada....I shouldn't get those phone protection plans no more lol

5. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

They need a gps with its own built in battery so even if the main battery is out or the phone is off u can still track ur device....

6. monoke

Posts: 1115; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

My friend left his nexus one on a bar table. Went back inside to get it... Gone! Lol. Bartender was like 'ahh shucks '. We suspect it was him. Lol.

8. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

I left my canon dslr and a ring light in my bag at my local pub like an idiot but luckily my local is friendly and it was put behind the bar till I collected it.

7. carlemillward unregistered

Looking at these results, I need to move to another country. (T.T)

9. Hashed unregistered

Stolen, my dear bronze Nokia 6210, it was a great device.

10. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Yeah, my first ever iPhone (a jailbroken and hacktivated 32GB iPhone 3Gs), which I paid an extremely overpriced sum of $780 for due to some misunderstanding of contracts and online auctions at the time, got stolen while at my university campus. It was painful having such ripoff product ripped from my grips, but I got over it, learnt my lesson about contracts, auctions, online shopping, and SmartPhone security. Bought another 32GB 3Gs, this time factory unlocked, at a much more reasonable price ($300) at the time of the iPhone 4. Setup iCaught U Pro and other appropriate security measures for recovering it in-case it got stolen (Find my iPhone not being one of them). Ever since then, never again have I ever bought an overpriced SmartPhone, nor has one ever been stolen from me...so, for the mean time, my security measures have only been capturing and emailing photos of me when I make a mistake entering my passcode or attempt shutting down my device while locked :P

11. auriogt

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Have u ever came to Brazil? As Chael Sonnen would say, if u bend down to tie your shoelaces, someone tries to steal your pocket. Imagine what they do for ur smartphone.

12. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

steal my pocket :D

13. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Wonder what a poll would look like if the question was, have you ever stolen a phone or kept one that you found.

14. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3935; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Never, but my mom has lol.

15. Cyberchum

Posts: 1009; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

My phone got stolen for the first time in July last year, took me long to recover.

17. Unordinary unregistered

I have. Caught the idiot. My settup prevented him from turning off my phone, turning off cellular/wifi/ turning on Airplane Mode and turning off location services. Location services was off but entering the wrong PW / attempting to turn the phone off enabled location services. They tried turning off/entered the wrong PW so my phone discretely took a photo with the front camera and logged their location, emailing me the info. Called the cops and met at their house. Showed the cop the photo of him and the phones info. Got my phone back and the cops dealt with them after. This was with my iPhone 4 at the time. Haven't had a problem since.

18. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I lost my Nokia 2300 and Sony Ericsson W705.. Both wer amazing devices..

20. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

never lost one but I was robbed once for a lil flip phone and $15. Only thing I was mad about were the pics on there. Those are priceless and cant be replaced.

21. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

My iPhone 3GS was stolen at X-Mas in 2009 in Chicago. Went to AT&T, they gave me a street and block, cops went and knocked on doors, and it was returned 2 hours later.

23. lallolu

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Never lost a phone and I have used more than 30. I however broke my first screen 2 months ago.

24. Punchy506

Posts: 129; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

Had my s3 stolen when it first came out over 3 years ago. Even though I had insurance sprint refused to replace it because I didn't promptly file a police report. The contract doesn't define promptly but apparently 8 days wasn't promptly enough. Two things happened, I never bought insurance through a carrier again, and I opted to pay sprint's $350 etf rather than pay $600 for a new phone.

26. b0wzer

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I left my wp7 in a public washroom a few years ago. It was picked up by some kid who started taking pictures of himself, friends, school etc. The phone automatically uploaded all the pictures to my Facebook account which I took to the police who got my phone back.

33. aegislash

Posts: 1430; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Last April, I left my Nexus 6 on my seat next to me while it was charging on the train. Fell asleep and woke up when I got to my stop, and my phone was nowhere to be found. Probably the most stupid mistake I have ever made. S6/S6 Edge launched the next day though and I was already planning on getting the Edge so it wasn't too much of an inconvenience.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 30686; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My Motorola Startac got stolen back in the day.

40. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I haven't but had a kid at mall want to borrow my phone and said no. Figure he might run for it.

42. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Stolen... many times, like 4 times in Honduras.

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