Liz Pallatto 
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Re: “What's Driving Oakland's Robbery Epidemic?

I have had two phones stolen from me this year. One while I was shopping in San Francisco in the Haight earlier this year and another when I was walking home from the 19th Street BART station late at night after a concert by a young man claiming to have a gun. The young man who stole my phone ran away and then, almost as an afterthought, came back to grab my purse.

In both instances, it was clear that these were well-thought out thefts. The first phone showed up on my Find a Phone app as being in a part of the city that is well know for stolen phone fencing within 45 minutes. The second theft was well-planned, seemingly the robbery was planned, with late night BART passengers being the target and then with two folks working the transaction - the grabber and the driver of a get-away car. In the case of the second robbery, I was injured while fighting over items and have been in a cast for six weeks. I am out about $500 and lost productivity due to thefts. Because of the two thefts, I no longer have replacement insurance for my phone and have to wait a year to try to get it.

These items have to be less easy to steal and sell -- cell phone manufacturers need to step up and ensure the safety of their customers by making these devices less easily transferable. I don't see how increasing law enforcement will make much of a difference given the fact that it's all easy money and low risk for thieves. We need to remove the temptation.

Finally, I will say that I get the fundamental issues of privilege and lack of opportunity that underlie these robberies. In both cases of theft, it felt like a simple job of wealth transfer and that in context makes a ton of sense, even if I don't like it personally. I AM annoyed that the big corporations that could do something simple to alleviate the problem won't because THEY make money on this deal.

12 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Liz Pallatto on 11/02/2013 at 3:12 PM

Re: “A People-Focused Solution

Thanks for this thoughtful, in-depth story. Wondering how to influence decisions to find funding for this program. Any thoughts?

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Liz Pallatto on 05/21/2013 at 8:39 PM

Re: “The Fairytale Recovery

Thanks for this article!

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Posted by Liz Pallatto on 04/08/2013 at 4:10 PM

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