Surrey RCMP are urging people to be extra vigilant when using portable, electronic devices, such as cell phones and iPods. The warning comes after a man was attacked in North Surrey at around 9 p. m on Saturday February 11.
Police say the 40-year-old man was walking home at when he was hit in the head from behind.
An unknown number of attackers tried to steal his jacket. The victim managed to hold onto it and the attackers escaped. Police believe the attacker was after the man’s cell phone.
The victim managed to call his wife who then called the police. He was taken to Royal Columbian Hospital in critical condition
Police do not have a description of those who assaulted the man.
“I would suggest this is a crime of opportunity,” said Cpl. Drew Grainger. “We have seen a number of cell phone robberies in the North Surrey area.”
“If somebody confronts you for them, just give it to them,” Grainger said. “It’s just property; it’s not worth your life.”