Pickpockets hoping to fleece holiday shoppers better watch their back if they plan on hitting up BART passengers on Black Friday.
The transit agency will feature an increased police presence today, generally considered the busiest shopping day of the year. Extra BART cops will be out in droves on the agency’s trains, stations and parking lots, spokeswoman Luna Salaver said.
BART is expecting large crowds today, and criminals have been known to target holiday shoppers, many of whom will be flush with cash and gifts, Salaver said.
“We’ve found that Black Friday really opens up crimes of opportunity for thieves,” Salaver said. “There are more people shopping with more money than usual, so we see more criminals. By increasing the police presence on our system we want to make sure that our passengers can do their shopping and still feel safe and secure.”
To accommodate for the large crowds expected, BART will run longer trains today. The full-length trains will run from 6 a.m. to the close of service.
Avoid transit thieves
Safety tips from BART
- Try not to carry large sums of cash when shopping — use a single debit or credit card instead.
- Avoid carrying wallets in back pockets.
- Don’t leave any visible items in cars parked at BART lots.
- Be wary of anyone trying to create a distraction — pickpockets often work in teams.</li>
- If wearing headphones, loop them through your jacket. This will make it harder for thieves to grab the headphones.