Police: Robbers Targeting Pedestrians with iPhones « Borderstan (Washington, DC) – Washington, DC Metro Police are now advising people
not to use iPhones of an increase in robberies with a specific target, the iPhone, that device specifically , in public. This is a big deal, in a previously-thought-of-as-safe part of the city.
People like me wish Apple would sell a version of its headphones that are not white. These appear to be setting us up as targets.
I was a recent victim of an iPhone snatcher in downtown Washington, DC, and in comparison to some of the crimes detailed in the blog post above, I consider myself very lucky.
It was going to happen eventually that wearing a $600 device would increase personal crime. I can’t help thinking that there’s a way to harness the wisdom of crowds and the very technology being sought after – maybe a "findmyiphone" aggregator that could help communiites and the police zero in on where these devices are ending up.
It’s worth noting that my stolen phone localized itself to the same location on multiple days, near a large Washington, DC, shopping mall, in Pentagon City, before I remotely secured it and wiped it clean (what a great feature – thank you Apple!).
To attest to the seriousness of this issue, even our local gym is passing on the warning:
Attention Members:There has been a report of an increase in robberies over the past week in the Golden Triangle/U Street area. Although not directly related to the club we thought it would be helpful to pass along the following alert from Metro P.D.
Golden Triangle Crime Alert
The Metropolitan Police Department has asked us to pass along the following information. As of late there has been an increase in street robberies around the DC Metro area. The Second District is not immune from these incidents. There is not a specific suspect lookout but there is a very specific target – the iPhone. To help combat this problem, MPD is asking the users of all phones and PDAs to use good street sense when carrying and using your mobile device.
Always be aware of your surroundings. It is a good idea to use your phone while stationary in a spot that will enable you to talk and observe your surroundings at the same time. Keep your mobile device close to your body and make sure it is out of sight when not in use. Please pass this along to reach as many people as possible.
Golden Triangle Business Improvement District
As Washington, DC is the #epicenter of many innovations (and health care transformation), it is also a leader in many social issues, some not so enjoyable. Let our experience prevent others from having the same in this case.