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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Supervisor Scott Wiener Calls for Hearing to Stop Cellphone Robberies

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Repulsed by nudity and robberies
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Now that he's put an end to public nudity, Supervisor Scott Wiener wants to put an end to cellphone robberies in San Francisco.

With cellphone robberies on the rise, Wiener is hoping to meet with cops, merchants, and the district attorney to talk about how San Francisco can stop these often violent crimes, many of which occur on public transit. Wiener plans on calling for a hearing during the Board of Supervisors meeting later today.

"These robberies are a critical public safety problem that must be addressed," Wiener said in a statement released this morning. "In addition to all of us being aware of our surroundings and of the fact that we are carrying valuable technology, we need to understand what strategies the police are employing to address this situation."

See also: Dumb Crooks Steal iPad, Crash Into News Van, Become Today's News Story

The San Francisco Police Department reports that of the more than 2,300 robberies that occurred between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31, almost half of them involved mobile devices. And more than 400 of these mobile device-related robberies ended with victim's being injured, according to Wiener's office.

Just consider the last two months: On Oct. 19, a group of teens followed a 44-year-old woman off a Muni bus and beat her repeatedly at the intersection of Laguna and McAllister, where they took turns punching and kicking her. They grabbed her purse and cellphone and ran off.

And on Sept. 27, there was some iPad drama in Lower Pacific Heights when really dumb crooks snatched a tablet from a woman sitting at Peet's Coffee Shop before hoping back into a car and driving off. The suspects hit a minivan and a motorcycle before crashing into a news van. Ironically enough, the news crew was getting to cover a community safety meeting with police "in light of a recent string of cellphone muggings and criminal activity."

We'll keep you posted on this cellphone hearing.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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