The CTA recently unveiled a new ad campaign warning riders to beware of pick-pockets on trains and buses.
As the Tribune reported, you may be a bit safer from thieves on trains than buses, but we still all need to be watchful:
"Reports of pickpocketing on CTA buses increased 6.5 percent in the
first 11 months of this year compared to the same period in 2008,
according to the mass-transit unit of the Chicago Police Department.
"Pickpocketing on trains decreased 12.5 percent and it was down 14.5
percent on rail platforms over the same period, officials said.
Two-thirds of the 1.6 million rides that the CTA provides each day are
That's what Jon Hilkevitch reported in his Getting Around column Saturday. But he also wondered: "What does the photo on the left of a new CTA card, showing a couple,
have to do with protecting yourself from becoming a crime victim (as
shown in the photo on the right)?"
Well, give the CTA credit for using a little alliteration and an alluring photos of two nice butts to draw your attention. I like it. And I get it.
Update: A CTA spokesperson wrote me today with this further statistical note: "Out of approximately 294 million bus rides taken this year between January and November, there were 180 reports of pickpockets. So while [the incidence of pick-pocketing] did go up 6.5%, the overall likelihood of being a victim is very small."