Riding the subway while using your cell phone, iPad or iPod is not a great idea. You are an easy target, especially if you have headphones in your ears, because you are not alert to your surroundings.
On Aug. 18, while she was riding the R train at the Union Street subway station.
Below you can find tips from the 78th precinct and the NYPD’s Community Affairs Bureau Crime Prevention Section to make sure you have a safe subway ride and keep all of your belongings.
Some Train Tips….
Cell phones and other electronic devices are prime targets for thieves who remove these devices right from the victim’s hands as the train doors close – leaving you helpless, and without your gadget!
Over 70 percent of larcenies occur on the train and just under 15 percent occur on the platform, so for your safety we ask that you try to refrain from using your electronic devices onboard the train or station platforms.
Secure your electronic devices on your person and out of plain view. Keep bags closed and zipped/fastened shut.
If you must use your device on the train, do so away from the doors and remain alert – headphones are a signal you are probably distracted.
Register your iPhone using the “find my iPhone” application, and keep a record of your device’s serial numbers to aid in the reporting of loss or theft.
For more information on preventing theft, or for other crime prevention and personal safety tips visit our website: http://www.nypdcommunityaffairs.org/.