Tap-tapping on mobile devices is practically the official sport of Washington residents, and the handheld devices are becoming an increasingly attractive target for thieves.
The region's Metro Transit Police say they are well aware of the uptick in thefts of electronic devices like iPods. Reports of such robberies on the system rose to 894 in 2009, compared to 581 in 2008. This year, there were 122 reported robberies on the Metro system in January alone.
So, the video crew at WMATA has released an online video and a list of tips to help riders avoid putting themselves in a situation where they might be more likely to be a victim.
Other than the usual rule of being aware of your surroundings (sometimes tricky listening top Lady Gaga on headphones while surfing Perez Hilton's Website) is to watch out near the doors; enterprising criminals are snagging the devices just before the train doors close, and running to freedom.
The new video is one of 46 the Metro system has posted on its site and YouTube.
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