More than 134,000 college students from 54 Chicago-area schools are enrolled for the fall semester in the CTA's U-Pass program. Perhaps about a one-fourth of them are new to Chicago or to the CTA system. That's why the CTA is disseminating electronic and printed materials for its "If You See Something, Say Something" safety campaign to more than half of those schools for incoming freshman and new students.
“See Something, Say Something” public awareness brochures include information and tips about personal security, emergency basics, prohibited activities, and whom to contact if a rider needs assistance on both buses and trains. CTA maps with rail and bus route information are included with the brochures.
Among the tips in the brochure include the admonition to "stay alert and awake":
- Do not sleep on the bus or train, or become too engrossed in a book.
- Keep personal audio players at a low volume at all times.
- Be wary of noisy passengers arguing or causing a commotion. This could be staged to distract you.
There's also the oft-ignored tip to "conceal expensive electronic equipment and jewelry."
With the big jump in theft of electronic handheld devices, I think if we all could just see *anything* other than that device in our hands, we might be able to cut theft crimes dramatically.
So, as they say in class: Pay Attention!