Smartphone theft and the physical violence associated with it have risen considerably in San Francisco. To reverse this trend, we've partnered with Mayor Ed Lee, District Attorney George Gascón and the Police Department to increase security in the Muni system. For the next few weeks, Muni Transit Fare Inspectors may approach you while you are using your smartphone to talk about how to stay safe. We urge you to keep your eyes up and your phone down while riding Muni.
Below you'll find great tips on outsmarting smartphone theives and protecting your device. Also, please enjoy these very short videos.
Eyes Up Phone Down Videos
The animal world sets a good example for how not to have your smartphone stolen. Owls can rotate their necks 270 degrees to see everything around them. Whether you are on the Muni N Owl or just waiting for the N Judah, be like an owl. Being aware lessens the opportunity for someone to steal your much loved device with all your favorite pictures and contacts. Thieves will make a profit selling your phone and possibly the information stored in it. If you absolutely must use your phone in a Metro station or Muni vehicle, please do so mindfully and discreetly. So, keep your eyes up and your phone down.
Safety tips for when you are in public:
More tips to protect your phone:
If your phone is stolen: