Karachi cellphone theft averaging at 3,000 per month

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    KARACHI: Almost 3,000 cell phones get snatched or stolen every month in Karachi, say latest statistics published by the Citizens Police Liaison Committee (CPLC).

    According to figures from August 2009 to July 2010, handset theft in Karachi takes up 43.7 per cent of all of Pakistan, with most incidents occurring in the city’s east zone, comprising areas such as Gulshan-i-Iqbal, Gulistan-i-Jauhar, Korangi, followed by south zone, which includes areas like Defence, Clifton and Saddar.

    The reported stats show that in the period August 2009 to July 2010 (one year), 9018 handsets were snatched or stolen in Karachi East, with 8,053 in the South, 6,495 in Central, 6,302 in Malir and 3,724 in the West zone.

    Area wise, the highest number of incidents have occurred in Saddar (4,445) followed by Gulshan-e-Iqbal (4,428). Jamshed Town, Clifton and Korangi follow.

    In terms of brand, it was noted that Nokia with 77.7 per cent had the highest share in the cell phones that were stolen.

    It is worth mentioning here that these numbers are based on reported cases and the actual number is likely to be much higher.

    According to latest Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), currently Pakistan has a cell phone subscription base of more than 100 million.

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