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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Muni Hopes Cryptic Posters Will Help Smartphone Users Be Smarter

Posted By on Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 5:33 PM


Despite the fact that a 17-year-old boy was shot on Muni yesterday, police report less crime on city buses -- well, violent crime that is. But cops also say that they've seen an increase in the theft of iPhones and other cherished electronic devices, in part because Muni passengers are too distracted by their own gadgets.

To that end, SFPD and Muni officials launched an official public service campaign today, which includes some eye-catching posters along with a list of tips that, really, you should already be following. 

Tip No.1: Be aware of your surroundings.

"When you're looking down and not paying attention, it's like taking $300 to $500 out of the ATM, and then walking down the street counting it and not paying attention. You wouldn't do that. Don't do it with your electronic devices," Police Chief Greg Suhr told reporters.

Suhr said at least six electronic devices are reported stolen each day from Muni passengers.

Other words of wisdom:

  • iPhone users should trade out their signature white earbuds for less

    conspicuous ones

  • Instead of running after a thief, victims should get

    the most accurate description of the perpetrator and call 911

  • Since

    thefts are more likely to happen in the back, sitting in middle seats is

    always safer

  • Don't allow your attention to become distracted from your property
  • Use the security features, such as a security code log-in, to protect your information from identity theft

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