Celebrities aren't the only ones getting their precious electronics taken away from them. The average person is just as susceptible to getting their smartphones stolen, which is actually happening at an alarming rate. With victims reporting that their phones have been snatched as they are talking, swiped right before a person's mode of public transportation reaches its stop or, in some cases, at gunpoint.

The problem is most prevalent, and getting worse the fastest, in urban areas. The Associated Press reports that smartphone robberies now account for nearly half of all robberies in San Francisco, as well as an impressive 40 percent here in New York City. And the numbers aren't just high, they're getting higher fast. In Los Angeles, smartphone robberies are up 27 percent from last year, with no signs of slowing down.

So, what's more important: checking out your Twitter timeline in public or having to buy a new phone while deleting that old number, then going on all your social media sites claiming "I have a new phone number!"?  

[via Gizmodo]