Be alert while using your electronic devices. According to recent crime trends, robbers want your laptops/smart phones/iPads, backpacks and other valuables.
3 tips to practice:
1. Always think prevention:
- Always conceal your valuable items.
- To be safe, treat your cell phone/laptop like cash. Don’t let anyone know you have it.
2. Don’t make yourself a target:
- Don’t talk on your phone while you sit in your car or walk down the street.
- Earphones/headphones may draw unwanted attention.
- Remove flashy, gold jewelry in public.
- Consider turning on “Find My iPhone/Smartphone” feature on your phone or install a tracking app for your phone.
3. Be street smart:
- Scan the area before getting in and out of your vehicle and while loading/unloading items.
- Be alert while waiting for public transit.
- Know your surroundings! Be aware of who is approaching you & in your immediate space. If someone behaves suspicious, avoid that person by crossing the street, going inside a nearby business or other public place with a crowd.
- If you must make a call, go to a safe space, make your call, and then conceal your electronic device.
Oakland Police Department, Neighborhood Services Section, encourages residents & merchants to stay informed & get engaged. Join your neighborhood Council or start a Neighborhood Watch on your block. Learn more visit https://www.oaklandca.gov/topics/neighborhood-services