This Man Wants Your Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones

Beats By Dre headphones are popular. They are very well known. They are also expensive, and highly visible when you wear them outside. Unfortunately, that can be a recipe for disaster if you’re not careful. Because if you’re not careful, guys like this just might come by and take them right off your head.

This unidentified man stole a pair of Beats from someone’s bag in a University Heights subway station, slashing the victim in the face and hands when he tried to protest. The victim is now being treated for his injuries, while the perpetrator is still at large.

There’s a picture of this guy, so he might be apprehended at some point, but for the most part, Beats thieves are going to stay at large, because stealing them is an easy and fast crime to commit, and there is no way of tracking the stolen goods once they’ve been made off with.

Thieves have been stealing Beats from bags and from oblivious wearers’ heads in increasing numbers, thanks to the pair of headphones’ becoming a status symbol of sorts. Thieves often resell them, give them to relatives or friends, or just use the Beats themselves, which ironically opens up the possibility of the robbers getting robbed at some point.

So, how can you protect yourself without having to leave your precious Beats at home? First thing you can do is turn the volume down a little. The Beats are pretty good at cancelling noise, so it might not help you to pay attention to your surroundings too much, but it’s easier to stay aware when your music isn’t so loud that you can’t hear yourself think. Other than that, follow the common sense rules of how not to get robbed – try to stay in public, well-lit places, and refrain from standing around alone.

You might be tempted to put them away if you feel unsafe, but be careful if you take this course of action – if your Beats have already been attracting unwanted attention, putting them away suddenly could be interpreted as a sign of vulnerability, and will almost certainly attract even more attention. Gauge your situation carefully. If you think you’re going to be headed towards a dangerous area, it would probably be better to put them away and out of sight long in advance.

If you haven’t already scored a pair of Beats and have remained undeterred in your quest to get a pair by this post, consider getting Beats in a more low-key color that is likely to attract less attention.

Most of all, just do your best to keep your wits about you – those in the habit of zoning out with their tunes on blast could be in for a rude awakening.