iPhone, iPod, and iPad Theft on the Rise on the CTA

Here at VinTech, we see it as our responsibility to make sure the public is aware of crime problems here in Chicago, and how you can protect yourself from becoming a victim. An increasing problem is theft and robberies committed on the CTA. Crime on the CTA is on the rise, in particular, iPhones, iPods, and iPads being snatched from people riding the CTA.

The Bad News….

From Chicago Now, theft (attempt to gain without violence, intimidation or force) and robbery (taking personal property by violence, intimidation or force) crimes have increased from 2009 to 2010 by 14% and 39%, respectively.

A warning now plays on the CTA loudspeakers to keep electronics out of sight. A passenger on the Brown Line recently reported hearing, ” ‘Please keep all electronic devices out of the view of the public.’  I thought I misheard him, but then he said it again, adding, ‘We have had complaints recently of several iPhones being stolen.’ ”

A community alert was issued from our local Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) on March 28th, 2011 at 4:20 p.m., that a male offender committed a strong arm robbery at 942 W. Fullerton on the CTA Platform. The offender and victim struggled over the victim’s iPhone. Ultimately, the offender took control of the iPhone and fled the scene pushing and shoving commuters to make his escape. On March 30th, the Chicago Tribune reported one of those commuters, Sally Katona-King, was shoved down a flight of stairs by the escaping offender, tragically taking her life.

The Good News…

The CTA received $22 million from the US Department of Homeland Security to install security cameras in trains, buses, etc. this year of 2011.

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Also, Apple has a program called Mobile Me, which helps to locate your missing device on Google Maps, and the ability to remotely lock the phone and wipe your personal data. The 18th District Chicago Police reported at a CAPS meeting that the Mobile Me has aided in finding many stolen Apple devices, and led to multiple arrests.

As more and more people choose to purchase a Smartphone, VinTech reminds you to be careful of your surroundings, especially while using your iPhone. Robbers see an expensive Smartphone in your hand as an easy target. If you have any other security questions, feel free to contact VinTech.