All aboard, and hold onto your phones

  • Article by: PAT DOYLE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 2, 2011 - 9:47 AM

Keep a firm grip on your phones. Thieves are swiping them out of the hands of transit riders.

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eastsider45Nov. 1, 11 9:52 PM

There are places in the world that the decent people don't have to worry about things like this. You could leave your smart phone in a bar in Germany and I guarantee you it will either be right where you left it or they will be holding it for you. Theft is simply not accepted there. We are losing our country.

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BrewmanNov. 1, 11 9:53 PM

Too bad you can't report your cell phone stolen, and have the provider send a signal to the phone that permanently destroys it. Or sends a 50,000V lethal shock to the scumbag thief.

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LMHANSONNov. 1, 1110:28 PM

It's also sad we live in a society where everyone is more concerned about their phone than they are of their surroundings...no matter where you are these days, someone is always on their phone whether its in a mall, a grocery store or driving down the road.

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stoneageNov. 1, 1110:42 PM

"Too bad you can't report your cell phone stolen, and have the provider send a signal to the phone that permanently destroys it.".........Actually you can. If my iPhone is stolen, I can find it's location from my laptop (or any computer), call the police and tell them where, and when they are near set off an alarm. I could also wipe or permanently lock the phone if I needed to. You can even leave a message ( I'm stolen. Don't buy me) for example. I'm sure Androids and others have that capability also.

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twincitizen1Nov. 1, 1111:15 PM

I don't understand... How are folks' phones getting stolen when they're safely kept in one's pocket? Which is exactly where they should be while riding the train.

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BUDNov. 1, 1111:20 PM

Maybe the phone owners could take the 20 or so minutes to just sit and decompress instead of having their phones out all the time. Their conversations aren't that interesting to other people.

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viktorvaughnNov. 1, 1111:24 PM

"You could leave your smart phone in a bar in Germany and I guarantee you it will either be right where you left it or they will be holding it for you. ...We are losing our country."----------- Oh come on. If you leave your phone on a bar in Minneapolis, it's not going anywhere either. People are people and they have stupid kids trying out some petty crime in Germany too. We're not "losing our country" to small time thieves. Crime is low and has been declining for 20 years. We're losing our country to big time thieves, those ones who pay themselves hundreds of millions looted from your retirement account and use some of the money to buy off your congressman. I know that the TV News has half of you convinced there's thugs hiding in the bushes in front of your house, but I assure you, there is not. It's a decoy while our country is sold out from under us.

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gfldresidentNov. 2, 1112:13 AM

The secondary issue here is all phones have a unique ID - that is how they identify themselves to the cellular network. It is how they associate a phone number with them. The cell phone companies KNOW what the ID of the stolen phone is. Once reported stolen, why would they let it become activated again? They know it's stolen. The phone would have NO VALUE if not for the cooperation of the cellular companies. How about going after them for aiding in the theft.

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mnmaggiemnNov. 2, 11 1:50 AM

Simple solution...put your phone in your purse zipped shut (and keep hold on that) or in your pocket. If youre that concerned and you know what is going on, why up your chance of theft? And I am sorry VIKTORVAUGHN, if you look at statistics, you will see crime is on the rise again.

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ZuttieNov. 2, 11 2:58 AM

If this comment board allowed me to give 100 "thumbs up" to viktorvaughn's last comment, I would. Perfectly well said.

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