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FBI: Thieves Targeting Game Systems

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Posted December 16, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

Crime SceneCriminals suck. Not only do they make me jealous by living lives free of society's social structures, they also have been focusing their nefarious attention on video game consoles lately. According to the FBI, the theft of video game systems jumped 285% over the last three years, to 42,615 in 2009. Computer laptops reported stolen rose 32%, to 128,280 in 2009 too. Nice job, criminals; way to pick on gamers and geeks.

As you might expect, game systems and home electronics are good targets for thievery because they're easy to carry, usually not locked up, and can be unloaded quickly.

"Criminals are rational. They steal things that have high value, are easily transportable and easily sold," Larry J. Siegel, a criminologist at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, told USA Today. "The most expensive thing in my house is my refrigerator, but nobody is trying to steal my refrigerator."

So here's a pro-tip from TheFeed: Store all game systems and electronics in your refrigerator. Robbers will be fooled, and your gear will never overheat.

Have you ever had anything stolen by miscreants? I never have, although I once pawned my Nintendo 64. They gave me 35 bucks, when it was new, which is a kind of robbery. I paid the nice pawn man back a couple weeks later and my 64 was returned -- crisis averted!

Source: USA Today 

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