CLEVELAND - Cleveland police, Cuyahoga County Sheriffs and the Greater Cleveland RTA Transit Police are working together to help protect your tablet, smart phones, MP3 players and other devices.
Nationwide, police agencies are reporting electronic device crimes on the rise, and most of these thefts are preventable.
Safety agencies say prevention is key. When you're out and about, pay attention to your surroundings and keep your device where you can see or feel them at all times. It's also advised to avoid using the devices in crowed places such as the doorways of a bus or train.
In the event that your electronic device turns up missing, victims should report it immediately.
If you are on an RTA bus or train, or at a station and your electronic device is stolen, report it to Transit Police dispatch at 216-566-5163.
In Cleveland, dial the police non-emergency number at 216-621-1234.
Outside of Cleveland, contact your local law enforcement agency and report it as soon as possible.
Always make sure to use the password function on your device, register it with the manufacturer, keep the serial number in another location and report any theft to the police quickly. Some manufacturers can disable your device remotely, reducing the risk of privacy violation.
Remember, the best defense is a good offense. Be alert and aware of your surroundings and of the value you hold in your hand. Think safety first - put the device away in crowded places - to avoid losing it.