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.

    Contact Daniel M. Jimenez at djimenez@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/DMJreports.