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According to the FCC, about 40% of all roberies in NYC in 2011 were related to smartphones or mobile devices. The numbers for DC were similar, so yes, it is a significant problem. In a small town, it's probably not going to be as big of a problem becuase smartphone thefts occur disproportionately in urban areas, but it still happens. A Consumer Reports article claims that there were 3.1 million smartphone thefts nationwide in 2013.