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Over 31,500 Mobiles Lost in New York Taxis Over Just Six Months

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A survey has found that over the past six months, some 31,544 mobile phones were left behind in the back of New York taxis along with 2,752 other handheld devices such as laptops, iPods and memory sticks.

The survey, funded by Credant Technologies was carried out at the same time in both London and New York and highlights that New Yorkers and Londoners are both as work-obsessed as one another. Cab drivers reported that passengers spend almost half their time (44%) catching up on work, either by being on the phone or email.

"We've become too complacent about losing personal information. This is a warning to the business community and individuals to be vigilant when travelling with mobile devices especially as more people are using the latest range of "must have" mobile smartphones to store large amounts of sensitive personal and business information," stated Michael Callahan, Chief Marketing Officer at Credant Technologies.

Nearly two-thirds of cab drivers reported that mobile phone owners were reunited with devices found at the back of cabs. In London the chance of getting a mobile device back was much better than NY with 80% of cab drivers handing them into their depots or personally contacting the owners themselves.

"It is clear that none of us are infallible. It's easy to forget things when you're travelling -- it used to be an umbrella, now it's more likely a mobile phone or and other storage device that contains highly sensitive information," Callahan said. "It's only when you've lost a mobile device containing your personal information and contacts, or your company's data, that you really understand how disastrous it can be. Our advice is to encrypt all information on these devices to prevent access by anyone other than you."

Not just mobiles are forgotten ... but a sawn-off shotgun, a couple of kids, 12 dead pheasants, 2 dogs, 1 cat and even toilet seats.

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