05 December, 2011


The Apple iPhone remains one of the most popular smart phones on the market these days. It is impossible to walk down the street without seeing one in use. This ubiquitous, expensive device appeals to criminals because it can be easily reprogrammed, or erased, and quickly sold for cash. Thieves are sometimes bold enough to snatch the phone right out of its owner’s hand while he or she is using it. People have also had their phones taken from tables while sitting at restaurants. Although the vast majority of these offenses do not involve physical harm to the victim, it is still a disconcerting trend. The MPD is reminding people to be aware of their surroundings, especially while walking down the street and talking on the phone. It is particularly important to be aware of your surroundings if you are walking alone at night. Do not leave your phone on a table while dining out, as this may also attract would-be thieves. Cell phone users should also consider how to use their phones safely. Talking and texting on a cell phone may distract you from your surroundings, and it can become downright dangerous at intersections. Please, stop texting long enough to cross a street. While he may have the right-of-way, a walker doesn’t stand a chance against a car. As always, if you observe any suspicious activity, please call 911 immediately.

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