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Cheap Electronics, Good for Consumers, Bad for Burglars

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 10 February, 2010

British crime research has recently reported that the influx of cheap electronic goods coming out of Asian countries may have affected the criminal standard operation procedures.

James Treadwell, a University of Leicester criminology lecturer explains that while a profit could be easily turned in the 1980s and 90s, cheap labor in China and Taiwan has made traditional home burglary less profitable today.

“Gradually, the prices of such goods has fallen so low as to they almost have no resale value. If you can buy a DVD player for 19.99 pounds ($32 US), it’s simply not worth stealing,” says Treadwell.

A British crime survey has reported a decline in domestic burglary over the past decade during a public interview. These numbers were applauded by the labor government, citing a crackdown on crime must have been successful.

However, there has been an increase in personal robbery and muggings. Treadwell attributes this to an effective “career change” by criminals.

Instead of breaking into homes, these crooks are now simply targeting smaller but pricier items such as iPods, cell phones, and other expensive gadgets that people commonly carry around with them.

This makes sense. Have you ever looked at the actual price of those fancy new smartphones? Sure you are getting a deal when you sign up for new service and get a free phone. Or when you upgrade to a new 2 year cellular agreement and are only charged $150 for the phone, but look at the actual retail price without all the discounts. Those are $400-600 phones. The 64GB iPod touch runs $399.

“It is these expensive, personal items, which are the most attractive to thieves today as they still retain value and can therefore be sold on, igniting a career change for criminals from the more traditional household burglaries to personal muggings,” says Treadwell.

It even appears that dogs are not immune to crime either. I just read a report about a terrier in Brooklyn who was mugged. Apparently the owner tied the pooch up outside of a supermarket, while she ran inside to grab a gallon of milk.

A few short minutes later, the woman exited the store to find her shivering little doggie missing his $25 leather trimmed, green wool coat and belt.

“How could anyone steal a coat off someone’s back in the freezing cold?” the 42-year-old owner reported to the local paper. “I was so angry, but in the end I was grateful that it was just the coat and not him.”

So in the case of the dog, he just got screwed by his owner. Thanks for leaving me unattended.

But you have a choice, and you have several self-defense options. On the cheap, for under $10 you can arm yourself with a key chain pepper spray. For under $60, you can get your hands on Stun Master Multi-Function Rechargeable Stun Gun. If safety is a higher concern than the price tag, you can always go the Vanessa Hudgens route and get yourself a C2 TASER. As I’ve said before, Your Life is Worth more to us than the Cost of a TASER Device. And it won’t even be the most expensive gadget in your pocket.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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