The major London airports reported the biggest haul of gadgets, where more than 400 laptops and 2,500 other mobile devices are lost annually. People using airports in the northwest of England are misplacing more than 100 laptops and 800 mobile gadgets a year.
"Companies are investing large sums of money in protecting network data, only for employees to run the risk of losing it due to carelessly misplacing laptops and mobile devices," said Gary Clark, Safenet's vice-president. "As mobile working continues to grow across the UK and the globe, security for laptops and mobile devices is more critical than ever before."
If this trend increases, he argued, encrypting information on a whole range of mobile devices will be as important encrypting the network itself.
Germans, on the other hand, are more careful, according to the study. Even so, nearly 800 laptops are left in German airports every year, and more than 2,500 mobile devices are lost over the same period.