OAKLAND -- With thefts of cell phones and personal electronics occurring regularly, BART police offered the following tips to riders to prevent crime: Keep wallets and electronics secure -- use purses or bags with zippered compartments. Avoid carrying your wallets or other valuables in back pockets. Be wary of someone trying to create a distraction, such as dropping coins or bumping into you -- some pickpockets work in teams. Don't leave anything -- from small change to shopping bags -- in your vehicle for thieves to see. Report suspicious activity to BART police at 510-464-7000. Program the BART police number into your mobile phone so you can call it quickly from almost anywhere in the BART system.
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