What is the best way to attract the attention of robbers when going to or from work or school in the city?
It’s really very simple, just follow these 3 simple rules.
1. Walk down the sidewalk, stand on L platforms or at bus-stops and focus all your attention on your smartphone or tablet.
2. Don’t look up to see if anyone is sizing you up to be their next victim.
3. Limit your ability to hear someone coming up from behind you by wearing headphones or earbuds.
If you follow these rules you have a good chance of ending up like the robbery victims in the recent Chicago Sun-Times article below.
Chicago Police are warning people who walk or commute in the Loop about a series of recent robberies on sidewalks and CTA platforms.
The suspects walk up to victims from behind and rip their cellphones or headphones away, sometimes using force, according to a community alert from Area Central detectives.
The robberies happened:
about 1:30 a.m. March 6 in the 0-100 block of East Randolph;
about 7:30 p.m. March 17 in the 100 block of North State;
about 10:15 p.m. March 31 in the 0-100 block of South Wabash;
about 9:25 p.m. April 1 in the 0-100 block of East Lake;
about 9:35 p.m. April 1 in the 0-100 block of South Dearborn; and
about 11:40 a.m. April 4 in the 100 block of North Wabash.
The suspects, described as black males between 10 and 23, work in a group or individually, police said.
Anyone with information should call detectives at (312) 747-8384.
Based on the limited reporting I have read it doesn’t appear that anyone was hurt during the robberies, but why take the risk of losing your property and being seriously injured?
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Awareness is the Key to your Safety!