Friday, May 30, 2014

YES: They Still Want Your Phone

A warning sign posted on streets around
Hoxton, in London's East End.
A recently-passed city ordinance that requires businesses that unlock cell phones to provide the phone and customers' information to police has not put a damper on the local phone theft industry.

Only one of three recent incidents resulted in a police report being filed, so the other two will not be counted in the city's crime statistics. Yessir, crime is definitely down.

Thursday, 12:30AM - CTA police say a CTA customer has reported a cell phone theft at the Belmont Red Line station. The victim is gone when officers arrive. No report.

Thursday, 8:04PM - Private security has pinned a man who stole another man's phone on the street in the 600 block of Patterson. One arrest for theft. CPD case HX281734

Wednesday, 2:58PM - A woman reports that her iPhone was stolen off the counter at Caribou Coffee, 3300 N Broadway. The thief—described as male, black, 18 to 22 years old, with highlights in his hair—was last seen running toward Halsted on Aldine with "a large group of kids." No report.
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15 comments:

  1. Yep, that Caribou is ripe with opportunity for theft, not only of cell phones but also laptops and other items. The problem is that there are two doors there. Thugs eyeball the customers and items, plot out entry through one door, maybe use the restroom (and of course never order anything, save for an occasional FREE cup of ice water) and then come out and do a grab-and-go of an unsuspecting customer's property. Do not EVER lay your phone or walet or anything down on the counter, on your table, on your chair, or especially near one of the doors. Do not go to the restroom and "assume" your fellow customers at neighboring tables will watch your property. And especially especially ESPECIALLY between 9 and 10 at night, when CoH lets its "clients" out and closes down and they all migrate noisily southward along Halsted, do not let your guard down for a single second. Good advice here for all businesses along Halsted, but more so for Caribou simply because it offers two "escape routes" for the thieving thugs and thugettes. (This is not so much a Rahm or Tunney or Vulgaris issue, as much as it is a Caribou corporate and store management issue.)

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  2. About 4 PM Wednesday afternoon there were two men appearing to stand guard at the entrance to COH. Both were dressed in all black with bullet proof vests that said "POLICE" in white letters on front. My young grand daughter pointed out that they were each wearing two guns. Just security or did something happen?

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    1. Those are COH and/or Whole Foods security guards. They're on premises during operating hours. Which begs the question, why does COH and a simple grocery store need armed guards?

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    2. because..."they don't respond well to rules"

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  3. I believe the above commenter is thinking of the Caribou Coffee on Halsted at Cornelia. The article states this happened at the Caribou on Broadway and Aldine (which has only 1 in/out door, unlike the Halsted location. The other points made, however, are all salient pieces of advice and should be well heeded.

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  4. mayoral patronage army, they just be clownin.

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  5. Princess Rahm wants to take pictures of everyone buying a gun in the city. Why doesn't he require the same of anyone selling a phone to a pawn shop?

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    1. That's the best idea I've seen posted on here.
      A photo of the seller holding the phone he's selling or cracking with the store submitting the necessary information (phone brand, model, serial number) via computer to a central CPD repository that CPD investigators may access as needed.
      Taking a photo of a gun buyer won't influence gun violence whereas the phone pic idea will assist in the identification of repeat cellphone thieves.

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    2. They already wear wigs and gender-bending clothing so crime victims cannot identify them. What's to stop them from doing the same for a photo?

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    3. ^ NOW we're onto something!

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  6. Do people contact management and/or corporate in high-trafficked, high crime chain restaurants? I think it's time to start.

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  7. At Clarkes at 4:30am. A local DJ, Reiley York had disrespected the server and then threw a drink in a young woman's face. Two cops cars and four officers were wasted on this for over a half an hour. Sad. Any report given?

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  8. How exactly will this ordinance be enforced? Like the cell phone while driving ban (because we know that works so well)? A business that unlocks phones is going to "register" with the city? All they'll do when questioned is take down the makeshift cardboard sign in their window regarding their unlocking service!

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  9. For some reason unknown to rational people, the politicians and their followers think passing laws will stop criminals from committing crimes.

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