Despite a recent drop in crime on public transit, Muni is reminding passengers to stay alert to potential thieves.
The transit agency will begin a public service campaign this month to raise awareness about the threat of criminal activity, particularly concerning pickpockets targeting users of smartphones and other portable devices.
Through a series of advertisements, Muni is reminding passengers to be aware of their surroundings, avoid distractions and refrain from using white ear buds, among other tips.
“While overall crime on Muni is down 30 percent in January as compared to last January, larceny, including thefts of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, is up,” Muni director Ed Reiskin said in a press release Tuesday. “To thieves, each of these devices is a target, not only on city streets, but also on public transit. We want our customers to stay safe and alert.”
In January, there were 75 reports of crime on Muni, a 30 percent drop from the 108 recorded in January 2011. However, larceny incidents increase from 25 to 30.