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Lost Item Statistics


The loss and recovery of valuable items is a significant issue around the world. Some recent studies present some sobering numbers.

  • University of California Police report only 19.3% of lost items recovered
  • About 12,000 laptops are lost each week in US airports alone
  • Major city transit authorities receive over 200 lost items per day
  • 19,000 items are lost every year by New York subway and bus riders
  • Nearly 15,000 items are turned in to the Long Island Rail office annually
  • The Transport for London reported 122,930 lost items in 2011
  • Major sporting events venues receive 70 lost items per event
  • The Ferry service in Sydney collects 150 lost items per day
  • 2,000 items are lost at New York’s Grand Central Station each month

According to a study released in 2012 and reported by USA Today,

Americans lost about $30 billion worth of mobile phones in 2011 alone!

More phones were lost in Philadelphia than any other U.S. city, says the report by mobile security firm Lookout Labs.

Top five cities in the U.S. for phone loss during 2011 were Philadelphia, Seattle, Oakland, Long Beach and Newark.

Phones were most often lost at coffee shops, bars, workplaces and restaurants.

In New York City, fast-food restaurants topped the list of places where phones are most likely to be lost.

In San Francisco, coffee shops topped the list.

Losing a phone can be a costly experience beyond the $200 to $300 it typically costs to replace the hardware.

With so many users failing to use a password to gain access to their phone, personal contacts, e-mail, social-media accounts and other sensitive information are just a few taps away, says Kevin Haley, a product management director at security software development firm Symantec.

Source: USA Today, March 22, 2012



Cellphone Statistics 

  • More than 80,000 cell phones are lost annually in Chicago taxi cabs
  • More than 60,000 cell phones are lost annually in NYC taxi cabs
  • 25% of Americans lose or damage their cell phone each year
  • 56% of us misplace our cell phone or laptop each month



113 cell phones are lost or stolen every minute in the U.S. 


  • 6,780 in a single hour

  • 162,720 per day

  • 4,881,600 per month

  • 58,579,200 in one year