Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Electronic devices - especially iPhones - are the most widely stolen items while using MBTA services.
MBTA Transit Police wrote in a blog post Tuesday that iPhones are the most widely thieved item on the T. Police also offered tips on how to keep your stuff safe while riding public transportation (from the blog post): Police also pointed to a public service announcement video on how to keep your stuff safe produced by New York's Metro Transit Authority.
Of the 43 robberies that took place on the MBTA system between Jan. 1 and Feb. 26, 36 involved the targeted thefts of electronic devices, specifically iPhones.
Staring at one’s cell phone while riding public transportation has become commonplace in today’s world, but transit police say this small, seemingly innocent practice could be contributing to electronic device thefts. Between Jan. 1 and Feb. 26, there were 43 robberies on the MBTA system, according to a post on the MBTA Transit Police blog. Thirty-six of those 43 thefts – or 84 percent – involved electronic devices, most notably smart phones such as the widely-used Apple iPhone. “Unfortunately, thefts of smart phones/electronic devices (most notably Apple products) is a nationwide trend,” the blog post says. “This trend often referred to as ‘Apple Picking’ is for the most part a crime of opportunity.” The blog post provides tips on how to …
Monday, May 21, 2012
The MBTA releases a new Android and iPhone app for riders who see something, but may want to be discrete about saying something.
The next time you see something on the T, there is now an app that will help you say something. The MBTA See Say app, which is available on iPhone and the Herald says comes out for Android smartphones in July, allows users to contact Transit Police at the touch of a button or report a problem with a photo. The report screen also includes a switch to allow for anonymous reporting. The app is free. The MBTA also plans to have full cell coverage by the end of the year, Boston.com reports, which will make reporting with the app a little simpler. In the meantime, BostInno reports that the app will send reports filed while in no-signal areas once the phone reconnects to a network. The app also lets you add alerts for the subway lines, buses, …