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Thieves targeting smartphones across U.S.

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The number of smartphone thefts has increased substantially over the past few years -- now accounting for one out of every three robberies across the U.S.

The crimes have become so common, they’ve got a nickname -- “Apple picking.”  Across major cities, mobile devices are targeted in about 40 percent of robberies.

On Thursday, New York’s Attorney General and a San Francisco District Attorney met with representatives from the world’s four largest smartphone makers to come up with ways to combat the recent spike in thefts.

Police say one way to avoid being targeted is to not be talking or texting on your phone while walking into a store or back to your car.  They say doing so is like waving the bait in front of a potential thief.

In the video above, Samuel Burke offers more advice and reports on what phone makers are doing to combat thieves.