gyre wrote:The fallacy is that being in a public place will matter to robbers.
They know and love that most people believe that.
I'm sure they also know and love that they can visit a private residence with even fewer eyes and/or witnesses. Hell, let the transaction go smoothly, let's see if this dude owns anything worth stealing, and whether it's easy to carry out.
If your home is insecure, someone will rob it soon enough anyway.
reasoning. Most theft crimes are crimes of opportunity,
brought on by the knowledge of accessible valuables, and/or conditions that make theft easy to carry out. It's not coincidence that most home burglary usually occurs involves an acquaintance or other person who has visited the home and knows what is inside.
And it isn't necessary to let someone see all of your home.
Most things you can test and examine outside, or in a front room.
What are we gaining again?
If you don't have a portable remote to the panic circuit on your alarm, well, welcome to the nineties. Get one.
Oh right, and then run to the NBC-proof panic room too as the adversary
tries to escape through the electrified, barred, bullet-proofed windows. No, I don't fashion my home as a fortress. Perhaps I don't need to because I'm not inviting trouble by bringing unknown people into my house.
Thieves don't want you to know where they live.
They're more afraid of where you live, than a public place.
They know police stings rarely happen in public places, and think they can spot them.
And they usually can.
Wait a minute here, who is doing a "police sting"? Are we selling weapons to terrorists here or kilos of heroin to dealers? Man, you must live an exciting life Gyre... or a paranoid one.
We're talking about inspecting a ticket,
and paying some cash for it. Better than the dude showing up at your door pulling a knife or gun, tying you up in your room (assuming you're unlucky enough to be even around), and going through your things--after casing the place.
If something tells you the person might not be safe in your home, they damn well aren't safe enough in most public places.
Unless of course they're able to case the place to come back later. What are they casing in your public place? The car you drove?
As for cash, the final transaction can be done in a bank, common in actual large purchases.
Wait a sec... that's a public place
yo. So what is it now? Home, or a public place? Or are you just assuming the "public place" people refer to are places like casino floors or in front of 7-11s?
The purpose isn't to catch or stop someone in the act of robbery, but deter them from trying.
Exactly why you don't help them in a crime of opportunity--like not letting them case your place for future acts of robbery, or providing an environment where it is easy to commit crimes without observation.
Thieves are always in a hurry.
Cons, not always.
Most people are nice, some too trusting, many so paranoid you can't do any business with them.
"Oh, I'm trustworthy, but I'm not going to trust you." sort of thing.
I've got friends I met many years ago through classifieds.
Wow, what a mid-post thread drift...