Location, location, location. Great in real estate, but apparently not so good if you’re taking the Metro.
Police said they’ve seen an increase in what are being called “grab-and-go” robberies. And where you are on the train could make you more of a target.
“Sometimes criminals are sizing them up,” said Metro Transit Deputy Police Chief David Webb
, “especially if they’re sitting near the train doors.”
What’s it mean? Probably that if you’re going to wear iPod
earbuds and stand by the door, you might as well paint a bull's-eye on your shirt with a sign that says rob me.
Police have increased patrols, but there are steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim.
“Sitting in the center of the car, being around people, sometimes those are things that make a criminal feel uncomfortable,” said Deputy Chief Webb.
Safety experts also advise keeping portable electronics and phones out of sight, choosing darker earbuds, and tucking away the cord.
Published at 11:50 PM EDT on Nov 23, 2009