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iPhones 'most likely' to get stolen - government list says

The research suggests people are most likely to have their phones stolen directly from their person

Apple's latest iPhone models are the smartphones in England and Wales most likely to be stolen, according to a new government list.

The Mobile Phone Theft Ratio, published by the Home Office, shows iPhone models 5, 5C, 5S and 4S are the most targeted, followed by the Blackberry 9790.

The index is based on crime data between August 2012 to January 2014.

Women and 14 to 24-year-olds are the two groups most likely to have phones stolen, according to the list.

People are most likely to have their phones stolen directly from their person, through pick-pocketing, or when the handset is briefly left unattended - the research suggests.

The Samsung Galaxy and HTC phones also appear on the index.

Home Secretary Theresa May said that while crime had fallen under the coalition government, the level of mobile phone theft remained "a concern" and she hoped the new index would inform consumers about the habits of thieves.

Pick-pocketing

She said: "People are increasingly carrying their lives in their pockets, with bank details, emails and other sensitive personal information easily accessible through mobile phones.

"This is why it is vital that government, police and industry work together to tackle this crime."

She said that the mobile phone industry was also taking action against criminals and had introduced features that enabled phones to be tracked and wiped if they were stolen.

There were 742,000 victims of mobile phone theft in England and Wales during 2012-13 - according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales.

In London alone, almost 100,000 mobile phones were reported stolen to the Metropolitan Police during 2013.

Original Article Link - http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-29097483

What to Do in Case of Water Damage

Water Damage on an iPhone (What to Do in Case of Water Damage)

If you happen to drop your iPhone in the water, no matter what type of water is currently inside your iPhone, you are not completely out of luck. It can be very difficult to begin building a completely new app database on a new phone, and getting all of the data back on your new phone that was on the phone that you lost can prove nearly impossible.

In many cases, it is still possible to retrieve any data that is still in the iPhone, and still use the iPhone in the future without having to send it into a shop. This can save you hundreds of dollars in repairs, as well as completely save any data that is currently on the phone, even if it is completely waterlogged and will not work at the current moment. This article will cover some of the different steps that you will need to take in order to dry out your iPhone and save any data that is still on the phone, without having to completely give up hope and simply buy a new phone.

Before ever plugging it in, it is incredibly important that you do not turn the phone on. Turning the phone on or plugging the phone in could destroy the chips inside the iPhone. To remove water from the outside, simply wipe off any water that is on the phone, and give the phone a shake in order to remove any water that is clogging the ports on the phone. After doing this, completely cover the iPhone in a bowl of rice and leave the phone in the rice for at least 24 hours. This will draw out any moisture that is inside that phone, and will whisk it away from the surface. Finally, after a few days of drying the phone in rice, or using silica gel packets to get the job done, turn the phone on and see if it will work. If it does not, it may need to be repaired or replaced.

For the future, consider using some type of waterproof case in order to safeguard your new phone, or your dried phone from any further damage from water. Water damage can be a huge hazard for iPhones, but hopefully these tips and tricks will allow you to recover any data that is currently on the damaged iPhone.