I have so much to say on this subject, but let's start with the fact that I am typing this blog posting on my laptop even though my house was broken into today. And my laptop was sitting in its usual spot on the computer desk.
How NOT to rob a house:
-not a good idea to try around 6:30 pm, because there's always someone returning from work, and the neighbors might just scare you off
-don't be lazy
-if you're going to take stuff, TAKE it. Cellphones are kind of worthless without the chargers, and when they're sitting right there, why leave them behind?
-no one hides things in their underwear drawers. Sorry.
-don't turn on lights. Dead, dead giveaway.
-generally speaking, look HARDER. And if you're going to look through all the jewelry, why not just dump it into a bag and decide what's worthless later?
That's why I'm glad that the most idiotic thief in Manguinhos (because only a crack addict is tiny enough to climb into my house the way he did), was so polite. No only did he leave the lights on and the door open for me, but as far as I can tell, he thinks my jewelry is worth squat, doesn't have any idea of the value of a HP12C calculator or pendrives, and apparently doesn't know that cords tend to lead to things of value. (Yay, little laptop all safe under your Nepalese dust cover!)
I'm spending the night with a friend, just in case he decides to come back...but there will be more on this story soon. Full-coverage, if you will...because the time at the police station was pretty entertaining too...