The answer is human nature.
Far too many are either born without a conscience, or they lose it
along with the first baby tooth. The other side of that coin if it
is at all, is greed.
Good sense and greed are not multi tasks. They cannot work in the
I have a good friend who laboriously makes her own jewelry for sale
and then displays and sells at many venues. Recently her first piece
was stolen and she was hurt. Others who know how she displays her
jewelry suggested she get cases with glass tops. Her answer was "oh I
want people to feel my jewelry." I totally understand her, there is a
Internet selling, there have been many messages here about
fraudulent sales. What part of caution is missing when we continue to
read of new victims?
I would not be receiving so many messages about Viagra if someone
were not buying.
I am sure some items stolen are done so under contract. Look at the
art just returned to Argentina from France. Was not your
opportunistic happenstance. These are carefully planned and executed.
I think we have very little chance against these.
Most thieves of the opportunistic bent have no clue what they are
stealing, they see the next line of cocaine, or bottle of demon rum.
To see the personality of thieves, one has only to look to friends
and family, can you categorize them?
Recently at a local Rock and Mineral Club Show, a vendor reclaimed
several thousand dollars worth of his gems from the bottom of a back
pack of a club member. Was this reported to the police, NO! Don't
ask me why, a tome will follow.
I don't think stupidity is involved at all.