Situational awareness is necessary for those operating mobile devices on the Metro.
Metro Transit Police are asking passengers to be aware of their surroundings on both buses and trains. The warning comes after a report that thefts are on the rise.
Jen Cramer is an easy target. Her eyes transfixed on her smartphone, sitting next to the doors on a Red Line train. When told about the rash of thefts of mobile devices, she said she might be more aware of her surroundings.
"You know, a lot of the time for commuters, you get a lot of work done riding the train," Cramer says. "It's time to answer emails and send emails."
Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik says he understands that, but riders can't forget where they are and must be aware of where their mobile devices are.
"Keep two hands on it and just take a quick look around every time you are using it," Pavlik says. "Pay attention to your surroundings when you hear the doors open or close."
Metro Police say 40 mobile devices were plucked from passengers hands over two weeks ending Aug. 7, a 48 increase from the previous two week period.