MEMPHIS, TN- (WMC-TV) - Smart phone crimes are exploding across the country. One in every three crimes in the United States involve some type of smart phone.
This week, two men were robbed of their smart phones at gunpoint on Southern Avenue near the University of Memphis campus. As a result, Mayor A C Wharton is weighing in on options to deter smartphone crime.
"I'm more concerned about robbing folks to get these at gunpoint than I am about scrap metal," said the mayor.
The University of Memphis reportedly has the lowest level of crime than any of the other large universities in the state of Tennessee. But even so, students are still expected to be aware of their surroundings.
"Pay attention to what is around you," said University of Memphis Police Director Bruce Harber. "Don't walk around with ear buds in your ear."