Becca asked me in email today whether there's been a growing rate of iPhone thefts on the Green Line:
was riding the Green Line today from Oak Park to the city and my phone
was snatched out of my hot little hands in the middle of typing a
Tweet. When I spoke to the person at the Oak Park AT&T store they
said that a number of other people had come in during the week
reporting similar incidents. When I shared my experience on my Oak
Park blog, even more people commented that the same thing had happened
to them or people they knew. It sounds like a dangerous trend my be
There have been other complaints of problems on the Green Line, but I haven't heard of phon snatchings.
All I can say is, be careful out there. Of course, when you're looking at your phone you're not aware of your surroundings. So think about that next time your head is buried in your phone.
See the continuation for a similar theft story, and alleged CTA inaction.
I just read the story "iPhone thefts increasing on Green Line?"
and felt compelled to write you. While I currently go to school in DC,
I am from Oak Park and all of my family still lives there. On his way
to volunteer at a PADS homeless shelter in Oak Park, my 14 year-old
brother was surrounded by several older teenagers outside of the Green
Line station at Oak Park Ave. & South Blvd. They promptly demanded
his iPhone, which he handed over, and then ran into the El station and
onto the Green Line to escape into the city.
occurred in broad daylight and that the CTA security guard on-duty was
anything but helpful. She told my brother as he ran into the station
that she could do nothing to help him. The guarded falsely explained
how she had no cellphone, no walkie-talkie, and no in-station telephone
with which she could call the police. As explained by the CTA and
Securitas, there is a telephone in every station's booth and the guards
are required to have a walkie-talkie and cellphone. I think it should
be brought to CTA riders' attention that the guards do not have their
best interests at heart. The CTA has hired Securitas to patrol their
stations, yet no such protection occurs. Chicago El riders have been
left to fend for themselves and they deserve to be aware of this