If you’re in a coffee shop in Philadelphia, keep a good eye on your cell phone.
A study by mobile security company Lookout released on Thursday found that most phone thefts or misplacements happen between the hours of 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., in coffee shops, and in Philadelphia.
The other most-common places to lose phones — or have them stolen — were bars, offices, restaurants, apartment buildings, grocery stores, gas stations, homes, pharmacies and parks. After Philadelphia, Lookout found that most phone thefts and losses happened in Seattle, Oakland, Long Beach, Newark, Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore, New York and Boston.
On average, the study found that Americans lose their phone about once a year. But Philadelphians and Seattle citizens double the average.
By contrast, people living in Nashville, Washington, Charlotte lose their phones about once every four years.
The study estimated that U.S. consumers lost or had stolen $30 billion worth of cell phones last year, though many of those were ultimately recovered.
Lookout based its study on customer data when they tried to locate their phones. Similar to Apple’s “find my phone” option for iPhones, Lookout allows its 15 million global customers to locate their devices via the Web. -David