In 2012 , the lost and stolen smartphones reached 2.8 million units . Reported Phys , Monday ( 04/21/2014 ) , according to data from the Consumer Reports survey , this smartphone theft rate increases since 2012 , to 3.1 million in 2013 .
More than 3,100 Americans participate in the survey . " Our survey shows the number of lost and stolen smartphones has increased , " said Glenn DeRene , Consumer Reports ' Electronics Editor .
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Most of the lost smartphone , users claim to not keep their personal data with basic security measures . Consumer Reports recommends , users should apply the most basic security settings to lock the smartphone through a four -digit lock code .
The survey comes not long after the manufacturing of mobile phones and wireless carriers announced their commitment to start providing basic anti -theft tools on all smartphones in July 2015 . These tools enables smartphone users to remotely lock and wipe features for the data on the phone remotely . ( ahl )