Friday, January 15, 2010
According to this Metro flyer, theft of small electronic devices is on the rise. Metro police are taking steps to stem the tide.
Around 4:45 p.m. yesterday at L 'Enfant or Metro Center (I wasn't paying close attention), I witnessed a snatch and dash robbery on the Orange Line. The robber grabbed something, probably a phone or iPod, out of the victim's hand and ran out the .
People need to be careful holding phones and iPods while standing near the doors. I don't take out my laptop unless I'm safely in the window seat, and I don't use my iPod while standing near the doors.
MTPD has a plainclothes robbery division, and they have made about 90 arrests since May, when they started. They've noticed few, if any, reoffenders/rearrests. They report that robberies are down 10 percent from November to December, and their goal is another 10 percent decrease.
Have you been a victim of a snatch and dash or worse? Have you seen one take place? Do you take steps to avoid being robbed?
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Posted by Unsuck DC Metro at 8:06 AM