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In recent years, police in Merseyside and London, England, have found that young people wearing the distinctive white headphones of iPod music listening devices are increasingly the target of muggings and robberies. Muggings in some areas increased almost 40 percent. Small devices like the iPod and mobile phones are easily identified and removed by robbers (Will Iredale, “Street Robbery Soars as iPod Users Targeted,” The Sunday Times, Oct. 9, 2005). As a result of the continuing popularity of iPods, the small size, high monetary value and the distraction presented by listening to music while on the street, users need to be cautious. Stay alert and keep iPods and mobile phones out of sight (including headphones) while on the street in potentially unsafe areas.

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