Never mind that many smartphones purchased off-contract cost more than
Requests for stories from Chattanoogans whose smartphones had been stolen yielded more than a dozen tales of devices being snatched from cars in parking lots, off office desks, during muggings and while traveling.
While exercising at a local gym,
Nevertheless, he says, the theft encouraged him to think differently about his phone, which his company eventually replaced.
"You definitely feel a little violated when someone breaks into your locker and steals some stuff, so it was a little unnerving," he says. "I don't keep my valuables in a gym locker anymore since that happened, and I try to be careful with my phone."
In many cases, owners say their device eventually was recovered by the police or by locating the thief using tracking features or apps on the phone. Even when their phones were returned, however, some owners say they discovered that the damage already had been done.
"My wife's [Motorola] Droid Bionic was stolen in Rome, and by the time we checked our account, over
With an expensive smartphone resting in so many pockets and purses, they have become a hot target for thieves.
According to a
In 2012, computer security company
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