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Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 02/23/2011

Metro riders: Hold on your electronics

By Elizabeth Flock

Riders on Metro might want to hold on tight to their iPhones, Blackberries and music players, Dr. Gridlock told readers Wednesday.

Thefts of electronic devices accounted for 76 percent of Metro-related robberies in 2010, according to recent information from the transit agency. And those thefts are climbing.

Sixty percent of the devices that were stolen were snatched from customers, often when the rider was standing near the doors with a device in his hand. The thief easily grabs the device and runs out the door, Metro said. Seriously guys? Way to make it easy for them.

NBC 4 reported Wednesday morning that crime on Metro is at a five -year high. According to the report, the rail stations with the highest crime rates are: New Carrollton; Branch Avenue; Greenbelt; Prince George's Plaza; and Gallery Place.

You know electronic thefts are on the rise when a theft-proof metro bag is on the market. Our suggested alternative: Learn karate.

Does the rise in electronic thefts on the metro scare you? How do you plan to keep your Blackberry or iPod safe?

Read more tips to avoid theft on the Metro at Dr. Gridlock.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 23, 2011; 10:33 AM ET
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