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Clark Howard: Cell phone theft

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Updated: 5/16/2013 9:11 am

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Of the 175-million cell phones sold last year in the United States, most of them smart phones that were stolen.

In fact, in Washington, D.C. 40-percent of crimes being reported are thefts of cell phones. Every major city is talking about this being their number one crime category. 

So now you know your cell phone is at risk, how do you protect yourself?  Well never fight a criminal over your phone, but take key steps. 

For Androids in particular, there are a number of software packages you can use, apps that go on your phone, software that goes on your computer, that lets you track your phone when it's stolen.

You're even able to wipe it clean. Look at lookout.com; in fact, I got a list of these at clarkhoward.com of various apps that you can load. 

Watch Clark Howard weekday mornings on Action News This Morning on FOX30 beginning at 7 a.m.
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