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How Wearing a Watch Could Save You From Smartphone Theft

by Jacob Kleinman | December 5, 2013December 5, 2013 9:30 pm PST

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Smartphone theft is still on the rise, with some criminals even working together to pull off elaborate handset heists. With more devices being purchased everyday the number of robberies has kept pace, but thankfully there’s one small thing you can do to protect your phone from thieves. Just wear a watch.

According to TUAW, a new smartphone stealing scheme centers around the simple fact that most people rely on their handsets to check the time rather than wear a watch. The thief approaches a watch-less pedestrian and asks what time it is. The potential victim then pulls out their phone to check the time. If the thief sees an expensive device they’ll grab it and run.

So that’s it. Just wear a watch, and the odds of your precious smartphone getting stolen should drop significantly. Whether you want to rock a cheap plastic model, a more expensive watch or even a smartwatch is up to you, though if you’ve got another expensive piece of technology wrapped around your wrist you may be opening yourself up to a whole new type of theft.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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