MBTA Transit Police: Bike and smartphone thefts on the rise

fad3329b560a901e45aa5efd160128f6

Smartphone theft on the MBTA increased since 2010, and transit police are warning riders to keep their devices close at hand while traveling on the trains.

According to a report released today by MBTA Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan, while there was a slight decrease in violent crimes on the T in 2011 compared to 2010, property crimes saw a 17 percent increase.

According to MBTA Transit Police, property crimes include larceny or theft, which accounted for most of the increases in 2011.

Statistics show that two-thirds of all serious crime on the MBTA involved non-violent property theft, according to T police reports.

The thefts of bicycles, catalytic converters, items inside motor vehicles and cell phones—especially smart phones—continue to be a concern for the Transit Police.  

By October of 2011, 98 Apple products had been stolen from people while waiting at T stations.
Of those products, 58 of them were iPhones.

Catalytic converter thefts, where thieves take precious metals from underneath parked cars at MBTA parking lots, continue to be a concern for police.

Bicycle theft has also seen an increase, according to reports, which T police said is attributed to the amount of customers using bikes to ride to the T.

An internal task force has been created to combat the catalytic converter thefts, according to a statement made by Transit Officials today, and they are working with local law enforcement partners who are experiencing similar types of crimes.

As for bike thefts, the T police are doing what they can to fight that problem as well.

“We continue to analyze crime data and continue to address crime issues with uniform and plainclothes patrols,” said Chief MacMillan in a statement.  “We established a task force with police in Cambridge, Arlington, and Somerville to increase public awareness relative to bicycle theft.  This task force conducted numerous outreach events on the bicycle paths through these communities.”

Tips to protect your phone:

*Don’t use phones while leaving the station.
    
*Don’t lose track of your surroundings.
    
*Do write down serial number, color and make, and register the device.
    
*Don’t lend your device to strangers.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

PHOTO: Queen Elizabeth pulls off epic photobomb

The selfie / photobomb has gone viral.

Local

Astoria minivan crash kills 1, injures 6: NYPD

Anthony Boyd, 45, died soon after what investigators believe was some sort of medical emergency as he drove his family through Astoria on Sunday afternoon.

Local

NYC pension funds valued at $160b: Scott Stringer

The five NYC pension funds that thousands of city employees contribute to saw its fifth year in a row of increased returns, up $23 billion from last year.

International

Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies…

An Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer has died.

Entertainment

'Kim Kardashian: Hollywood' game easter eggs and cheats

"Kim Kardashian: Hollywood" is the hottest game of the moment. Here are its best easter eggs as well as some tips and tricks to speed your way to the top.

Television

Kacy Catanzaro credits mind over body in "American…

Kacy Catanzaro credits her victory to mental focus and upper body strength.

Entertainment

Q&A: The brains behind 'Kim Kardashian: Hollywood'

"Kim Kardashian: Hollywood" is the hottest game of the moment. We talked with Christopher Locke of Glu Canada to find out more about developing the game.

Movies

The 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' trailer is…

Watch 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' trailer.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

MLB

Yankees GM Brian Cashman breaks down art of…

The action frequently accelerates as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, as it will on Thursday.

Tech

Amazon offers 3D printing to customize earrings, bobble…

By Deepa SeetharamanSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc will offer 3D printing services that allow customers to customize and build earrings, bobble head toys and…

Wellbeing

This Week In Health: Friends share similar DNA,…

Friends share similar DNA, study finds Location: U.S. Study subjects: Nearly 2,000 people Results: When it comes to our social networks, it seems that birds of…

Education

Are liberal arts colleges turning away from the…

Bryn Mawr College, a small women's college located just outside of Philadelphia, announced last week that it would be making standardized tests like the SAT…

Education

Recent grads discover school superintendent plagiarized parts of…

  Two recent high school graduates made a surprising discovery about the commencement speech their school superintendent delivered at their graduation: portions of it was copied…