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MTR Phone Theft Up 90%

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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 September, 2015, 4:00pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 4:50pm

The number of reported instances of pickpocketing and miscellaneous theft on the MTR is up 90 percent from last year, say police.

Police explained that criminals usually take advantage of the MTR’s morning and evening rush hours, targeting busy areas such as platforms, elevators and full train carriages.

Common practices include unzipping victim’s backpacks under the cover of swarming crowds, or intentionally colliding with the victim to divert their attention while stealing their belongings.

Police have advised the public to pay extra attention to their personal belongings when commuting, and stressed that they will continue to closely monitor MTR crime trends and deploy officers accordingly.

Our take: How is this even a problem for our phone zombies?