New figures from An Garda Síochána have revealed that over two-thirds of all thefts and robberies involved mobile phones being stolen, with a mega €2.5m worth of mobile phones stolen in 2016.
Further worrying figures showed that two in five phone thefts take place on a road, street or footpath, while one in five occur in a licensed premises - yet another reason to watch your stuff on a night out.
That's not all, as it was also learned that:
- 3 in 4 victims of phone theft are aged between 18 and 39
- 2 in 5 thefts occur between 10am and 4am between Friday and Sunday
- There were 5,703 phone thefts in 2016, down 14% on 2015
- 498 phones were reported stolen last March, compared to 641 in 2015
The figures were released as part of a new Garda campaign, 'Streetwise', which is targeting 18 to 39 year-olds with a message to mind their personal property and possessions, and to plan their nights out.
And once you see just how common mobile phone thefts are in Ireland, we think you'll agree with the importance of the campaign - no one likes having to build up the dreaded contacts list in their phonebook again...