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Honest misers make robbery unprofitable

A thwarted thief’s accusatory note highlights the falling returns of robbery.

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Updated: Dec 11, 2019, 10.33 AM IST
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Electronic hacking of bank accounts sitting in the comfort of hideouts rather than old-fashioned hard work in the dead of night with a saw and crowbar is the way forward for the pilfering profession.
Electronic hacking of bank accounts sitting in the comfort of hideouts rather than old-fashioned hard work in the dead of night with a saw and crowbar is the way forward for the pilfering profession.
It stands to reason that in order for burglary to remain a lucrative profession amid all the new security measures that houses now have, victims must keep valuables at home. But the anguished note that a thwarted thief left recently at a house in Madhya Pradesh’s Shajapur district accusing the absent occupant of being miserly after finding nothing purloinable highlights how the profession is falling on hard times with uncooperative victims. It’s a far cry from the era when almirahs and mattresses yielded enough to make the toil of sawing through window grills and crowbarring lockers worthwhile. The era of cashless transactions, not to mention greater availability of bank lockers, appears to be curtailing the market for old-school burglary. Electronic hacking of bank accounts sitting in the comfort of hideouts rather than old-fashioned hard work in the dead of night with a saw and crowbar is the way forward for the pilfering profession, but robbers in India remain largely technology-unsavvy and continue burgling the hard way.

More alarming, however, is the fact that the house of a government engineer — presumably regarded by the thieving fraternity as sure-fire goldmines — had nothing that even a modest larcenist could carry off. Such honest government functionaries are the worst nightmare for burglars now.

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