There was a report of a robbery on Pacific Ave where the victim was distracted listening to his exposed IPhone. Suspect was able to run up behind him just after midnight, knock him down and take his backpack and IPhone.
Suspect was last seen running eastbound along the levee. There seems to be an uptick across town where the robber are attracted to these exposed phones that serve as a beacon. Below are some ways that can assist you from becoming a victim of a street robbery.
Tips for Reducing Your Chances of Being a Crime Victim
• Always be aware of your surroundings, vigilant of activity around you and attentive to individuals approaching, walking purposely and with confidence.
• Do not allow yourself to be distracted by activity such as talking on your cell phone, listening to music or reading.
• Try to travel with others, walk in well-traveled areas, and at night in well-lighted areas.
• Protect your electronics by not displaying them as lighted phones can attract potential thieves
• Resist the urge to multi-task while walking; wait to make phone calls, check your email and listen to music at your destination.
• If you purchase an electronic device check on the availability of a tracking system for the device (usually free at time of purchase).
• Do not use ATMs that are located in remote areas, use ATMs during the daylight hours in well-populated areas or those located in stores.
• Do not display large amounts of cash when paying for items, and do not display exces¬sive jewelry.
• if you carry wallet, place the wallet in your front hip pocket or inside jacket pocket- do not carry in your back pant pocket.
• If you carry a handbag while walking, chose a small handbag or purse that you can grasp with a hand.