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Wednesday, 18 September 2013 14:13

Australia takes silver for device theft


New figures show Australia is now the number two country for mobile device theft, behind the US.

Absolute Software's latest Endpoint Security Report shows the US is still the leader in mobile device theft, but Australia has moved from fourth place to second by going from 0.61% of recorded thefts to 3.23%.

The company notes that the most common places for devices to be stolen in the APAC region are schools, personal automobiles other than taxis, residential properties, transit stations, businesses, universities, retail outlets, taxis, hospitals, restaurants and airports.

If you include 'lost and not recovered' in the definition of stolen, then there are no real surprises there.

In the region, 51% of device thefts were classified as theft by taking, 2% as simple theft, and 44% as various types of burglary.

Absolute is the company behind the Computrace and LoJack remote wipe and theft recovery services.

It is represented in Australia by inTechnology Distribution.

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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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