The thefts of Tablets devices on Britain’s railways has increased by 10% whilst there has been a decrease in the number of Laptops and computers stolen.
Of the reported 949 tablets that were stolen only 2% of these were recovered.
on the up hand 22% fewer laptops and computers were stolen compared to last year.
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.
“Password protection and other features are ok for reducing the scale of damage, but the potential offender does not know this at the time of theft and so it is not a deterrent until people stop buying stolen ones.
“With the rise of cloud services, less valuable irreplaceable data is actually held on the machine itself.”
Professor Levi also talked about why so few have their devices reclaimed:
“People who are insured usually lose interest and have no legal claim once they are paid out.
“The insurers may need to do more in this regard but they often just write the loss off.”