SECURITY WATCH

Police Informants

No one knows better than the police which tricks criminals are using to prey on unsuspecting tourists.

WASHINGTON, D.C. Police launched a campaign this year to remind people to lock their car doors at gas stations—thefts of items from unattended cars at stations went up nearly fivefold from 2006 to 2007. There has also been a steep rise in robberies of iPods and cell phones on the Metro, with criminals simply snatching the devices out of the hands of distracted passengers. Police advise riders to consider not using the white Apple earphones, because the color is a dead giveaway for iPods. "The last thing you want to do is make it easy for the bad guys," says Officer Josue Aldiva.

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