Daylight Saving Time is ending: Here are some important safety tips
Daylight saving time ends at 2 am Sunday, November 6th, which not only means that you’ll set your clocks back one hour but that it will get dark earlier. It’s a good time to remember that a few simple precautions can help discourage would-be thiefs looking for an easy score.
While BART does not typically see an increase in crime this time of year, thefts of electronic devices continue to increase. There have been 140 such thefts to date this year compared to 98 at this time last year. After reading the police reports, Crime Analyst Officer Ken Dam found that most theft victims were distracted using their phones at the time of the crime.
BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey reminds people that “public safety is everyone’s responsibility.”
Police safety tips for evening commuters
- Stay alert to your surroundings at all times, especially going to and from your vehicles.
- Avoid using smart devices when walking to and from the stations.
- Find a travel buddy. Walk to your vehicles in groups or pairs if you can.
- If you feel you are being followed, call the police or contact the station agent immediately. Security escorts are available upon request.
- If you witness any suspicious activity, keep a safe distance and report it to police.
- Make sure your keys are readily accessible when approaching your vehicle and always check the backseat before entering your vehicle.
- Carry a small flashlight and whistle to make yourself extra visible & heard if necessary.
- Park in well-lit areas and always have a safety plan in place.
- Program the BART Police emergency line (510)464-7000 into your mobile phone for quick access.
Remember, if you see something, say something….and thanks for riding BART!