Report: Smartphone robberies on the rise in Berkeley

September 21, 2013 1:57:32 PM PDT
A new report finds smartphone robberies are on the rise in Berkeley.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, smartphone robberies were the major contributor to a 35 percent increase in pedestrian robberies during the first six months of the year.

Police say they're hoping to crack down on the property theft by deploying more officers on bikes downtown and along Telegraph Avenue.

They're also sending more officers to neighborhoods with high burglary rates.