Transit Police report 25 cases since Jan. 1 of electronic devices being stolen from T riders, in particular, Apple devices and on the Red Line.
Although that number is not much higher than the 23 thefts reported in the same period last year, police say "Apple picking" has become a thing - and that of the 25 thefts, 15 have been on the Red Line.
People sitting or standing near subway doors are particularly vulnerable to the grab and dash crowd as trains pull into stations, police say.
Police offered some tips, including trying to stay off your phone altogether except to report a crime or emergency, try not to listen to music on the T, but if you must, ditch those distinctive white Apple earbuds for buds of a different color.
Also: "Be alert for staged distractions."