This true story of a criminal’s stupidity is hard to believe, but it does prove that truth wins out over fiction in crime, too. When you break into someone’s home, be sure to leave evidence that you were there! Reminds of my prior post about the young Florida burglar who left the victim’s computer logged into the burglar’s Myspace account. You just can’t make this stuff up…
A Washington, D.C., burglar posted a photo of himself on his victim’s Facebook account holding money he had lifted from the boy’s desk, writes the Washington Post’s Marc Fisher. The victim was Fisher’s son, 15. “I’ve seen a lot, but this is the most stupid criminal I’ve ever seen,” said police officer Kyle Roe.
The Sad Truth
Still, Fisher says two officers said police in the city rarely press hard on burglary cases because the courts almost always let thieves go with nothing more than probation. Maybe that’s why four days after handing over the photo, the Fishers waited to hear from the detective assigned to the case.
My wife and I live in DC, in a relatively crime-free area, but even around us the incidence of burglaries is increasing. We have an active Neighborhood Watch group, and the local list serve buzzes with activity when there is a break-in nearby. And the trends mirror what I see in crime reports from all across the country.
Hard Statistics – But No Hard Time
Burglaries are up 11 percent in Washington this year (2010), to a total that will top 4,000 — most likely a reflection of continued hard times, especially since virtually every other category of crime is down. Police made 30 burglary arrests in the last two weeks of November, up from six in the same weeks last year. Nationwide, police solved only 12 percent of burglaries last year; in big cities like Washington, the figure often is barely more than half that high. Says Fisher: “No wonder the guy in our photo wore such a confident smirk.”
Wow – over 4,000 burglaries in one year, and DC is not that big a city. It’s no wonder that the demand for residential security systems continues to climb. Even through the recent recession, the number of homes with monitored alarms has increased every year, and is now growing even faster with the introduction of safer cellular monitoring and wireless interactive services (and free apps) that let homeowners stay connected with their homes. Just add video, energy management, and control of lights and locks, and it’s easy to see why more people are signing up. And as the leader in these new services, FrontPoint has seen phenomenal growth, all across the US and Canada. If you don’t have a FrontPoint system yet, just imagine what you might be seeing next – we hope it’s not a burglar’s photo on your Facebook account!