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Report: one third of all robberies involve smartphones

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With all the cool new technology, it's easy to get so wrapped up into your Smartphone that you let your guard down.

"It's really bad. I'm always with my phone," said University of Tampa Sophomore Julia Egb. "When I'm walking, I always have my phone with me. I sleep right by my phone."

UT Sophomore Cassandra Marshall can relate.

"I have everything on there, so I'll lose everything," she said.

According to the Federal Communications Commission, almost one third of robberies involve the theft of a phone. The agency is working to set up a national database to track reports of stolen phones.

Experts say, if it happens to you, call your cell provider. In some cases, they can shut it down remotely. Better yet, download an app that allows you to clear it yourself. There are a lot to choose from.

"Basically, making the phone unusable," explained FCS, Inc.'s Jeremy Nelson. "You send the code. It basically deletes all the information off of it and wipes all the memory and makes it unusable by anybody."

UT Junior Razhon Forbes doesn't have one of those apps on his phone, but he's getting on now.

"I feel like nowadays it's kind of useless stealing an iPhone because there are so many things you can do to get it back," said Forbes. "There are so many different apps you can download to find the location of it."

The problem is so bad in San Francisco that half of a robberies there last year were phone-related.

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