By Angus Kidman
12 December 2006
Londoners are the most likely people to lost their mobile phones, PDAs
and notebooks in a taxi, but the city also has the most honest cab
drivers, a new study reveals.
A survey of 2000 taxi drivers across 11 global cities -- including
Sydney, San Francisco, Washington, Bombay, and seven European cities --
by mobile security vendor Pointsec found that over the last six months,
Londoners left behind 54,874 mobile phones, 4,718 PDAs, 3,179 laptops
and 923 thumb drives. However, Londoners were also the most likely to
get their devices back, with 96% of phones and 97% of notebooks being
reunited with their owners.
Bombay and Sydney came second and third in the rankings for losing
mobile phones, while Blackberry-obsessed politicians meant that
Washington came second on the PDA listing. Notebooks were most likely to
go missing in London, Munich and Bombay.
While the numbers suggest there are plenty of forgetful/stupid mobile
device owners, taxi drivers come up in a largely favourable light.
Overall, 75% of passengers got their lost mobiles back, and 78% were
reunited with their laptops.
One hideous exception was San Francisco, where just 32% of notebook PCs
were returned. So if you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some
extra padlocks on your PC bag.
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