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Gadget thefts on trains on the up

Tuesday November 19th 2013

iPads, tablets and Kindles are becoming more popular for thieves on Britain's trains, according to official figures.

There were 10% more cases of the gadgets being stolen from passengers across the UK rail network than last year. Meanwhile, the number of laptops and computers stolen on trains this year is 22% lower than last year's figure.

The statistics were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by think-tank Parliament Street.

The British Transport Police (BTP) statistics showed that thefts of tablets and e-readers have been increasing each year from 2008.

In total the BTP received 949 reports of thefts of iPads, tablets and Kindles this year, but only 2% were recovered by their owners.

The number of laptops and computers being stolen has fallen every year by 2010. This year there were 1,061 items stolen, of which just 3% were reclaimed.

Michael Levi, Professor of Criminology at Cardiff University, said: "People steal what they can steal easily and can easily resell for a price that makes the risk worthwhile.

"Laptops and computers often require more effort to gain access to, and their resale has a much narrower market since tablets and Kindles emerged - their legitimate sales are also falling."

Copyright Press Association 2013