(NOTE: For perspective purposes:during this same time period last year there were 104 electronic device robberies that had occurred on the MBTA, that is a 38% decrease).
Today Apple will officially release the latest version of the iPhone, the 6 and 6 Plus. Our experience has taught us after the release of the latest model of smartphones there is an uptick in electronic device thefts that occur on the MBTA. Thefts of smart phones/electronic devices (most notably Apple products) is a nationwide trend. This trend often referred to as "Apple Picking" is for the most part a crime of opportunity. However there are things you can do to minimize the chances of being victimized while traveling on the T.
- If possible avoid using your phone while on the MBTA except in cases of emergency/reporting via SeeSay or 911
- Conceal expensive electronic equipment
- Change the color of the ear buds, would be thieves look for the distinctive white ear plugs of Apple
- Refrain from listening to music or wearing headphones while riding the system
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times especially if you are using your electronic device
- Be aware that most robberies of electronic devices occur near the train doors JUST as it enters the station.
- Be alert for staged distractions
For additional tips on how to protect yourself call the Transit Police Special Crimes Unit at 617-222-1170.
Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan stated " public awareness campaigns are an invaluable tool in our goal to reduce thefts of iPhones and other electronic devices on the MBTA. Enforcement alone will not work, we need to remind our MBTA community they can take definitive steps to guardthemselves from being victimized". tpdnews
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