Gramercy Park Block Association - Neighborhood News #452

The Gramercy Park Block Association invites you to 
the 13th Precinct Community Council Meeting - Tues. 10/15
The 13th Precinct Community Council will host its monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 15th at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public, and officers from the 13th Precinct will give updates on crime in the neighborhood and will hear concerns from residents. The meeting will be held at the 13th Precinct station house on East 21st Street between Second and Third avenues.

Please see below for information from the NYPD about outsmarting phone thieves.

Outsmarting Phone Thieves


Smartphone thefts have increased sharply in recent years in New York City due to their popularity around the city, the country, and the world.  Smartphone's are in high demand- whether new or old-and the high monetary return makes them especially appealing to thieves. The Crime Prevention Section would like to give you detailed steps you can take to outsmart a Smartphone thief:    


When using your Smartphone in public:

  • Stay in a constant state of readiness; stay alert to lurking predators and unexpected dangers.
  • Avoid leaving your phone on the table at restaurants, bars, and coffee shops.
  • Avoid leaving your phone in an open handbag and never hang the bag over the back of a chair when out at a store or café.
  • Do not call attention to yourself by walking with your Smartphone in hand when not in use.
  • When traveling by bus or train remain alert and remember that most thefts on public transit occur near bus and train doors.

Register and lock it up:

  • Register your Smartphone with tracking apps. (Example: iPhone users - "Find My iPhone", Android users - "Where's My Droid", and "Look Out") antitheft apps allow you to remotely lock your phone, wipe it clean of sensitive information and even remotely set off a high-pitched phone alarm.
  • Register your Smartphone with the NYPD Operation ID program at your local Police Precinct. Ask for the Precinct Crime Prevention Officer.
  • Password protect your Smartphone.

Know your numbers:

  • Smartphone model number, serial number and International Mobile Equipment Identifier (IMEI) number.
    • Note: Save where you can easily retrieve them
    • F.C.C. maintains a full list of carrier contacts for reporting stolen phones: AT&T customers call 1-800-331-0500; Verizon, call 1-800-922-0204; Sprint, call 1-888-211-4727; and T-Mobile, call 1-800-937-8997.
Informational videos on how to safeguard your electronics, they are available below: 
Electronic Devices PSA
Electronic Devices PSA

Safeguarding Your Electronics
Safeguarding Your Electronics