2016-03-30 / Front Page

Police Warn iPhone Users To Stay Alert

By Liz Goff
Queens police officials are again urging iPhone users to remain alert and use common sense when walking or jogging alone at night, plugged into the electronic devices.

Officials are urging the public to avoid plugging their ears with iPhones that prevent them from ‘staying alert to other people, traffic and other possibly dangerous conditions.

“People have a tendency to get lost in conversation,” police said. “Users tend to ignore their surroundings and all that is going on around them. It’s okay to hold a conversation or play a game while you’re out there alone, but stay alert and hear what’s happening around you,” officials said. “Stay alert and stay safe. Remember, there is plenty of time to call friends and use your phone when you get home.”

“People must remember that many iPhone thefts take place when they are running alone in warm spring temperatures, especially in the evenings and at night,” police said.

“Some thieves wait inside bodegas, supermarkets and other stores where people stop after jogging and follow unsuspecting victims who are plugged into their phones,” police said.

For information on how to stay safe while running or jogging or for other safety tips, or to register your iPhone with police, call the Crime Prevention officer at your local precinct, NYPD officials said.

                                                                                               

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