From Tasti D-Lite bandits to thieves that target children, robberies are an unfortunate regular part of life in NYC. And it seems things are getting somewhat worse in generally safe Prospect Park: according to the Post, robberies in the large Brooklyn park more than doubled this year over the previous year.

Between Jan. 1 and Nov. 23, there were 17 robberies in Prospect Park, compared with 7 in that same span in 2011. At the same time, robberies has gone done in Central Park over that time: there have been 13 there this year, compared with 15 in 2011. Park Slope resident Victoria O’Leary says her phone was robbed in Prospect Park about two weeks ago: “From now on, when I walk I tell women to be careful,” she said. “Most women walk and use their cellphone without paying attention. Now I use an earpiece or just don’t talk on my phone when I walk my dogs.”

For those of you with iPhones, we highly recommend downloading and activating the "Find My iPhone" app, which has been instrumental in catching many phone thieves this year. Cops are actually trained to use it now, and many criminals have not figured out how to turn it off, which has led to many an awkward situation.