If you're in DC be aware of your surroundings, especially if you use public transportation.
The thugs are getting particularly brazen.
D.C. robberies at night push police to offer safety-tip cards
By Martin Weil, Published: December 11
D.C. police, in an unusual effort to help prevent the kind of robberies that have been particularly common in Washington in recent weeks, are distributing cards to people leaving transit stops advising them on how to reduce the risk of being victims.
The effort, which is taking place this week in the 1st Police District — which embraces Capitol Hill and much of downtown — comes after an analysis of robbery patterns, according to Cmdr. Daniel Hickson, who heads the district.
Based on the study, he told community residents in an e-mail group list posting, “our primary concern is individuals walking home from public transportation in the evening.’’