November 2, 2011

Theft of handheld electronics on public transit rising

NEW YORK CITY — The popularity of handheld electronic devices such as iPads or Kindle readers has resulted in an increase in thefts on public transit systems across the U.S. New York City Transit Authority reports subway crime has risen 17 percent so far in 2011, with about 1,000 riders the victims of larceny. The Apple iPhone is listed as the most popular item to be stolen, International Business Times reported. To read the full story, click here.

For additional reporting about similar thefts occuring on Metro Transit's Hiawatha light rail line, click here.

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