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More than 6.6 thousand phones were stolen or lost in Ukraine in 4 months of 2024

27 May , 2024  

Ukrainians have already lost more than 6.6 thousand phones in 4 months of 2024, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA). For comparison, more than 29 thousand phones were stolen and lost in Ukraine last year. Most often, people lose XIAOMI, SAMSUNG, and IPHONE.

More than 6.6 thousand phones have been stolen and lost in Ukraine since the beginning of 2024. The number of smartphone thefts and losses is decreasing year on year: it is 2.5 times less than in the same period in 2021 and 1.3 times less than last year.

A total of 29,015 stolen and lost phones were recorded in 2023. This is almost half – 46% – less than before the start of the full-scale war.

The largest number of stolen or lost mobile phones this year was recorded in Kyiv – 790 cases (11.9% of the total). Dnipropetrovs’k region is in second place with 582 cases (8.8%), and Zaporizhzhia region ranks third with 566 cases (8.6%).

For comparison, in 2023, Donetsk region was the leader in the number of stolen or lost phones.

The top most popular phones among thieves have remained unchanged over the past three years: XIAOMI, SAMSUNG, and IPHONE. Thus, this year, more than 2.2 thousand XIAOMI phones (33.8% of the total), more than 1.4 thousand SAMSUNG phones (21.6%), and a little less than a thousand IPHONE phones (14.2%) have already been stolen or lost.

We decided to compare which smartphone brands are the most popular among thieves and customers. So, according to the Comfy chain of home appliance and electronics stores, it turned out that the most popular phone brands among buyers for three years in a row are the same brands, but in a different order of popularity: IPHONE, SAMSUNG and XIAOMI/REDMI.