Crime is up 17% in New York City’s subways, mostly because of an increase in thefts of cell phones, iPods, and other electronic gadgets. The thieves typically hang out on subway platforms and grab the electronic devices from passengers just as the doors close. “The system is as safe as it’s ever been, but you need to be mindful,” said Joseph Fox, the New York Police Department’s transit chief. “Be aware when the doors are closing.” The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is not the only agency to see an increase in these crimes of opportunity. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (DC) reported an increase in so-called snatch-and-grab thefts this year, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority saw a similar spike in 2010. Link to full story in New York Daily News.