Beleive it or not, up until recently you could in Sweden have put a laptop on a park bench and walked off to get a sandwich and it would be there when you came back five minutes later.
You can still generally leave all your valubles in your clothes haning openly in the gym locker room without fear of losing anything.
It is all a question of ethics really.
[citation][nom]TheRockMonsi[/nom]If he was poor, why did he not just go the whole nine yards and keep the credit cards then?[/citation]
they are FAR to traceable.
now if i ever stole a laptop, the first thing i would do is replace the hard drive, its unusable, because so may factors could make it traceable, and the possibility that it has things on it that would make it identifiable. i would replace it with a cheap pos.
now seeing how i would have removed the hdd. i would try to give it back to the person if at all possible. if not, than i would scrap it completely. i mean, if i had the harddrive, i would probably have access to something that would give me an address, and next time i was at a post office 50 miles+ away, id mail it to them, granted id ware gloves or something while packing and transporting, but i just stole a 500$+ piece of hardware, if i keep it for my self, there is 400$, if i sell it, there is 400$, whats a 30$ thank you present to its original owner,?
thief made two trips to return stuff that isn't wroth to him but to the professor.
that thief has conscious... so... WHY STEAL??
earning something is more joyous than stealing it...
maybe sometime later the laptop will be returned... who knows...
[citation][nom]unrealpinky[/nom]The reality is that that most police departments do not bother with personal property theft.[/citation]
Also hit and runs which dont involve injury's and stolen cars which dont involve crimes. Its your loss! My moms car got hit and run and it took me 3 months to get in contact with the investigator after multiple calls and visits to the police station. And the case got closed and they didnt find the person even though hes lives near by.
If you caught someone taking your stuff, how would you react? If you attack and hurt him, he can press charges. Unless you know who he is or have hard evidence, you're fairly helpless when operating within the law.