A 2012 study by Lookout, a mobile security firm, found that Cleveland ranked seventh overall among cities for smart phone loss per capita. But according to Lookout's findings, public transit doesn't even rank among the top 10 locations where people lose their phones. (The study's data didn't differentiate between lost and stolen items.) Coffee shops, bars and restaurants were all among the top 5.
The study said that people tend to lose their phones at night. In Cleveland, however, thefts have occurred mainly between 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. (after school, before bedtime). Because mobile devices are proliferating, they're fetching handsome sums among shady dealers.
The RTA is sincerely hoping that the $2.5 million it just authorized to install cameras on buses will not only help in collecting evidence, but will also serve as a deterrent for potential thieves. Officials encourage passengers to keep devices out of sight when they're not in use.