Saturday, December 26, 2009

Theft Of Electronics Up On CTA

Pickpockets have been stealing small electronics from CTA passengers at an increasing pace.  Police have been reporting increased theft reports of IPods and cell phones.  On CTA buses, pickpocket thefts increased 6.5 percent from 2008 to 2009.  Thefts from CTA trains actually decreased by 12.5 percent.  However, nearly two-thirds of CTA users use buses.  The year after the IPhone was released in 2007, thefts on the CTA increased by 19 percent.  While police do not track what specifically is stolen, the evidence seems to suggest that these small electronics devices are what is causing the increase in the theft rate.  Police report that thieves spot the small ear phones and target their victims from there.

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