The research suggests people are most likely to have their phones stolen directly from their person
Apple's latest iPhone models are the smartphones in England and Wales most likely to be stolen, according to a new government list.
The Mobile Phone Theft Ratio, published by the Home Office, shows iPhone models 5, 5C, 5S and 4S are the most targeted, followed by the Blackberry 9790.
The index is based on crime data between August 2012 to January 2014.
Women and 14 to 24-year-olds are the two groups most likely to have phones stolen, according to the list.
People are most likely to have their phones stolen directly from their person, through pick-pocketing, or when the handset is briefly left unattended - the research suggests.
The Samsung Galaxy and HTC phones also appear on the index.
Home Secretary Theresa May said that while crime had fallen under the coalition government, the level of mobile phone theft remained "a concern" and she hoped the new index would inform consumers about the habits of thieves.
She said: "People are increasingly carrying their lives in their pockets, with bank details, emails and other sensitive personal information easily accessible through mobile phones.
"This is why it is vital that government, police and industry work together to tackle this crime."
She said that the mobile phone industry was also taking action against criminals and had introduced features that enabled phones to be tracked and wiped if they were stolen.
There were 742,000 victims of mobile phone theft in England and Wales during 2012-13 - according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales.
In London alone, almost 100,000 mobile phones were reported stolen to the Metropolitan Police during 2013.
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