Sure it would be but think about it...
On any given day, how many $2 bills pass through the register at just
about ANY store.
Cops doing a canvass can just ask "Taken and $2 bills today?" The only
place they have to look is until the till with the big and "odd" (read
$2 bills) since there is not a space for them in the cash drawer.
Smooth move! An alternative would be to hit a $1 or $5 bill with a
splash of fluorescent orange marking paint. Just something to make that
bill stand out.
On Wed, 09 Sep 2015 15:02:31 -0500, "Dean Hoffman"
The serial number was pretty distinctive. It was easy to read on a
They had taken exactly one $2 bill in the proceeding week.
If this was a thief from far away, it might not have showed up there
but all of this was walking distance from his home.
Women are the easiest target of car thieves.
They get out of the car, open the trunk and put their purse in it, then
Thief will break into car even if alarmed and be gone with purse before
On Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 12:22:56 PM UTC-4, Frank wrote:
All women? Really?
That'd be a good trick in my SUV. If I'm going to leave my purse in
the car (it's mainly luggage for my tablet), I tuck it underneath
something--the seat, a grocery bag, etc. Generally when I'm setting
out for my destination, rather than when I arrive.
I walk in a nearby park and see women leaving their purses in the car
all the time. Reticent to say anything to them but I've seen several
cars broken into in the park. Figure someone is watching in another
parked car. Takes a half hour to walk park perimeter which makes theft
One New Year's day, I got back to the car at the same time guy I knew
got back to his car. He cursed. They had broken a hole in his plastic
car door to open the car and stole the bag with his cell phone in it.
Also happened to a friends wife in Washington, DC. They parked, she put
her purse in the trunk and it was gone when they got back.
On Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 9:53:01 PM UTC-4, Seymore4Head wrote:
I've heard of neighbors who hide keys at each others' houses. If somebody is trying to break into House A and finds a hidden key, it doesn't work because that key is for House B, across the street.
Has anyone used one of those keypad front door locks?
I have had a simplex on my frond door since 1971. Our daughter didn't
carry a door key until she went to college.
I do have a key for another door stashed where it is unlikely to be
found but we have never needed it
I'd bet most burglars are small-time crooks looking for stuff to hock
to get money for drugs. Criminal amateurs or close to it, and for
those, kicking in the door is probably the simplest approach most of
the time. If there's a key cleverly hidden, they won't have the time
or the smarts to figure it out.
A few time I've gone out, shut and locked the door and realized I did
not pick up my keys. With a hidden key, easy to get back in. Or if you
lose your keys, or have your pocketbook stolen, etc.
In my case, the spare key is locked with a code that only I know, not in
an obvious place.
Good question. A conversation with my elderly aunt prompted the
question. She told me that she took a bath and had trouble getting
out. I first suggested a seat for the bath and also suggested she
take the phone in the bath with her. That is when she said that the
phone wouldn't do her any good that the doors were locked.
She has a granddaughter living with her so she doesn't live alone, but
she was by herself when she couldn't get out of the bath.
I leave a key hidden outside. I have taken my car to the shop and
left the house key on the key ring more than once. Hint. The key is
not under the door mat.
To get inside when you haven't got the key for one reason or another.
I had to break into my brother's house to feed his cats. He'd gone on
a business trip and had given me the wrong keys. He had no spare keys
hidden anywhere, none with the neighors, so he okayed my breaking a
window to get in. I managed to pry open a basement window and sent our
skinny sister through (I didn't fit). She ran upstairs and let me in.
While she was back down in the basement I emerged from my brother's
bedroom to find a cop in the living room with his hand on his gun.
Oops. And me with no ID. Oops again.
I explained the situation, admitted to no ID on me, and gave him my
name and address. whereupon he asked me to identify my neighbor across
the street from my house. I babbled their names, their kid's name, and
the name of their dog for good measure. He relaxed, said, "I believe
you - I'm their nephew" and departed.
I've got one basically hidden in plain sight in my yard, in that the
object within which the key resides is in view. But everyone overlooks
it, because it is one of those utilitarian things that doesn't command
much attention. Plus, it is not near the house, much less the door. If
you need the key, you have to take a short walk through the yard - but
even in the deepest snow, you can access it. Amusing thing is, no
matter how many times I've told family where it the key is stashed,
nobody remembers to look there, because after awhile you just stop
noticing inconspicuous utilitarian objects. You see it, but it doesn't
register. Just like when you live near a church and you soon stop
hearing the church bells.
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