Last week I heard from a woman who was a victim of a pickpocket team. She wants me to share her story to educate you all about these doofuses. Her story starts below. Thanks for sharing, Isabel.
Here's Isabel's story:
Today, I experienced being pick-pocketed and had my CTA card stolen. I'm always aware of my surroundings and notice things, people, etc.
I was on my way home around 5:30 this afternoon (9/10/09). while I was walking to the overpass at the Merchandise Mart, I noticed three gentlemen walking from the Brown/Purple Line over to the Orange line platform. I had my CTA bus card (face up) in lanyard and when I walk, I usually swing it back and forth-something I always do. once I got to the Brown/Purple side of the platform, I noticed 1 or 2 of those 3 men walk towards me to catch the train.
As the train was coming into the station, I placed my card into the outer pocket of my backpack and put my backpack back on. The train was now in and I was about to board when one those men stood right next to me. He then stepped onto the train but got his foot "stuck" between the train opened doors and the platform. I waited a few seconds and he wouldn't move.
I knew he was faking, just by the way he was acting. I thought
perhaps that he was trying to setup CTA, little did I know, he or
someone else took my lanyard out of the pocket of my backpack. when I
finally got through, I sat down, took my backpack off and saw the
pocket unzippered. I'm glad it was only my bus card and not my purse.
I got off at Chicago and went to a CTA employee and told her what
happened. She radioed the station, I was sure he was gone. She then
suggested I call CTA to cancel my card, which I did. I was told by the
CTA customer support representative that I can pick up my new card the
next day or it can be mailed to me. I told her I could pick it
tomorrow. BTW, I knew CTA could only do so much, but I appreciated the
courtesy I was given by the CTA employee at the Chicago Brown Line stop.
Even though I was suspicious, I was trying not to be judgmental. I
would like to think there are good people in this world. Being raised
in the city and a somewhat rough part of town, yet again, I'm forced to
be judgmental/cautious of everyone that crosses my path.
Basically i'm writing in regards to cameras on CTA platforms. This
would give CTA the advantage of getting pickpockets, at least
identifying them and posting their photos to make people aware and more
I would like for my voice to be heard. I'm sick and tired of this happening.