Muni Hopes Cryptic Posters Will Help Smartphone Users Be Smarter
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
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