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