Scoble experienced something we probably take for granted here. It really highlights some of the differences between how Americans experience crime and how we do:
On Wednesday evening I picked up Brad Fallon and Andy Edmonds who were taking me to dinner. I didn’t even notice that Brad left a laptop bag in the back seat, although at that point even if I had I’m not sure I would have said anything (Andy carried his backpack into the restaurant). That turned out to be a very expensive mistake for both of us. As he notes that after dinner we came back to a smashed back window and a missing bag. Luckily they didn’t get into the trunk where I had a laptop and camera. …
I won’t be leaving my equipment in my car anymore. It was an expensive lesson to learn.
It is probably fair to say we would never leave anything of value in plain sight in a car, moving or parked because it is almost a given that there will be a robbery attempt of some kind, whether it be from a smash and grab thief who uses a spark plug to shatter the window or some thug who lobs a rocks through the window and grabs the item.
I’d rather live in his world though, where this sort of thing comes as a surprise and is worth posting about.