Paris thieves prefer iPhones, Blackberries

14th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

iPhones, Blackberries and other smartphones are the hottest item for thieves on the Paris metro, and robbers are increasingly turning to violence to get their hands on them, police said Tuesday.

"Almost one in every two thefts on public transport now concerns a mobile telephone, while 'classic' wallet or purse thefts represent only 33 percent of incidents," Paris police chief Michel Gaudin told a city council meeting.

Seventy percent of the phones stolen in Paris are smartphones, police statistics show.

Gaudin said the 8.9 percent rise in violent crimes in Paris since the start of the year was partly due to telephone thefts, which he said accounted for 75 percent of the 991 violent incidents in October alone.

© 2010 AFP

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