The San Francisco Police Department sent out a warning about “a recent trend of electronic devices robberies on Muni.”
“Recent trend” may be a relative term considering that safety on Muni has been water cooler talk for the latter half of 2009, with a Muni stabber, police hopping on board buses and a mayoral candidate’s stumping.
But, for those who still stare endlessly into the informational abyss of an iPhone or laptop while going to and fro on Muni, here’s the bulletin:
“Passengers using iPhones and laptop computers on Muni vehicles are being targeted. Also being targeted are people using these devices while waiting for Muni vehicles at Muni coach stops, bus shelters, and light rail vehicle platforms.
Passengers are reminded to be aware of their surroundings while traveling on Muni. Suspects prey on victims using these devices knowing they are distracted while texting or listening to music on PDAs, using laptops, and talking on cellular phones. Passengers should be careful to limit the use of these devices and always be aware of other passengers on the vehicle.”