Violent thieves are targeting iPod owners in Vancouver, police warn.

Two to three reports of MP3 player muggings are being received by police every week, Const. Howard Chow said. One teen is still in hospital with serious injuries, after being hit over the head with a blunt object.

On Friday, the Vancouver Police Department issued a warning urging people to be mindful of their surroundings when wearing the devices.


Makeup artist Jeffrey Bochner didn’t know about the recent robberies, but he’s already taken steps to protect his iPod. He hides it in a case and does not wear the original earphones.

“People used to stare at me when I wore my iPod earphones so I switched them to another brand and now I don’t get looks anymore,” he said.

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