Tuesday, November 16, 2010

More iPhone Thefts in DC

There have been a rash iPhone robberies in the District. Here's the report from Second District Police Commander Matt Klein, which he posted today. If you own an iPhone (or other smartphone), it's a good idea to have a traking app, so that if your phone is stolen or lost, you can locate it. It's terrible to have your phone snatched, but there's some satisfaction in knowing that the police can find your phone, along with the person who stole it.
Over the weekend, there were at least four street-level robberies involving iPhones. In each case, the suspects approached the victim that was either talking or carrying the phone, and snatched it before running away. The robberies occurred in various areas of the Second District, including:
o 1500 Block of 15th Street, NW
o 1200 Block of Riggs Place, NW
o 1500 Block of T Street, NW
o 2300 Block of L Street, NW
We're seeing folks getting phones snatched away as they walk down the street, or grabbed from tables while sitting at restaurants. Although the vast majority of these offenses do not involve physical harm to the victim, this is a continuing trend that deserves attention.
As always, I'm asking folks to be aware of their surroundings, especially while walking down the street and talking on the phone (try and avoid doing that if you are walking alone at night). Do not leave your phone lying on a table while dining out as this may also attract would-be thieves.

1 comment:

  1. Do not leave your phone on the bar while you go to the ladies room, even if your friend is sitting there. My phone was stolen last Friday as my friend was checking his emails in the next seat. My fault for being an idiot, but word of warning for everyone else!