Brooklyn’s bike bandits–who grab iPhones from pedestrians jabbering away and not paying attention–are back at it.
South Brooklyn Post broke the news to you back in early November that robberies and grand larcenies are up 40 percent in Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Red Hook and the Gowanus. In the latest figures, those numbers are up 44 percent this year over last.
The Brooklyn Paper now has the news that a bike/iPhone crime wave that hit last year is back in force. The paper reports that about once a week, bike-riding thieves are stealing iPhones from pedestrians holding the phones to their ears, and not paying attention. So far, none of the bike-riding thieves have hit the area covered by the 76th Precinct–mainly the Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill/Red Hook area. But there has been once such incident in Boerum Hill–a woman on Atlantic between Hoyt and Bond had her iPhone stolen around 3 p.m. in late November, according to The Brooklyn Paper.
The story has caused some stir. The New York Post picked up the Brooklyn Paper story, and then L Magazine ripped The New York Post for going on an “anti-bike” rant.
The point is, if you’re out on the street talking on your $700 iPhone, pay attention to your surroundings.