Here's how not to be a CTA theft victim

Here's how not to be a CTA theft victim

Cheryl shares this all-too-common story:

We're on the northbound Brown Line, pulling into Sedgwick about at 6:20 pm on Thursday. Two women were standing
in front of the doors, one had her iPhone in her hand but she was
talking to the other woman.

Just as the doors open, a man runs through
the door and attempts to take the woman's phone. The two women had the
presence of mind to fight him off and the woman with the phone managed
to hang onto it.

A bystander called 911 and gave a description to the
police, but the victim did not want to get off at Armitage and file a
report, which is what the police wanted her to do.

The woman, by this
time in tears, said something about it being the second time that day
someone tried to steal her phone. She continued to stand by the doors
with her phone in her hand.

Of course, there are few things wrong with this scenario.

  1. Don't stand in the doorway or seat near the door with you iPhone or iPod handy for a snatcher.
  2. Work with the police. Give a description of the offender.
  3. Know your surroundings at all times. Look around you. 
  4. Don't keep your face glued to your smartphone screen. That's the corollary to rule No. 3.

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  • brown line usually empties out around 6pm - plenty of room to move in. so if you're still blocking the door, you deserve to have something bad happen to you.

  • In reply to mickcube:

    No it doesn't. I get on the train around 6:15 and normally it's SRO til Belmont. Which doesn't mean she should have been standing right in front of the door, but it's not exactly cleared out either.

  • So, after having her phone almost stolen twice in 1 day, she doesn't think to herself that perhaps she is making herself an easy target???

  • In reply to chris:

    Chris, didn't you know that it's everyone else's fault? ;) What I love it that someone actually called 911 and she couldn't be bothered to spend a few minutes filing a police report. No one deserves to be a crime victim, but some don't exactly deserve not to be a crime victim when they behave the way this woman did.

  • In reply to chris:

    Bored on the CTA? Read a book. No one wants to steal books. You can also keep a pretty good eye/ear on whats going on.

  • In reply to chris:

    Free Mustache Rides!

  • In reply to chris:

    Poor Trixie! This, like, would have never happened on the Miami University campus.

  • In reply to Turbo60640:

    LOL. Touche

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