MTPD reminds customers to protect their electronics following post-holiday increase in thefts
Remember how great you felt when you got that new high-tech device over the holidays? Now imagine how you'd feel if it were snatched out of your hands in an instant. That's the message Metro Transit Police want customers to consider while riding on the system, following an uptick in snatch thefts in the post-holiday period.
In the two weeks from Jan. 13 through 26, a total of 31 electronic devices were "snatched" on the Metro system -- an average of just over two per day. The figure is down from the same period last year, when 44 snatch thefts were reported, but is still an increase from the first two weeks of the year, which had 19 snatch thefts.
"You wouldn't walk around in public with $300 cash in your hand," said Metro Transit Police Deputy Chief Ron Pavlik. "That's essentially what you're doing when you're holding an expensive phone or tablet device."
Metro has supported recent initiatives to dry up thieves' ability to resell stolen devices, including the new ability to render a device useless once stolen, known as "bricking."
"Thanks to the leadership of Senator Schumer, Mayor Gray and (MPD) Chief Lanier, victims of cell phone robberies now have the ability to render their phone inoperable," said Metro Transit Police Chief Michael Taborn. "This is a big step forward in the fight against cell phone theft."
Metro also has used innovative tactics, such as undercover decoy operations, to take thieves off the street.
Metro Transit Police remind customers to follow these common-sense tips:
News release issued at 4:18 pm, January 30, 2013.