Better Vehicle Anti-Theft Systems To Increase Home Invasion Risk?
from the unintended-consequences... dept
Oh, those unintended consequences. It's been said (don't know if there's data to support this) that the rise of carjacking crimes was a direct result of better car alarms and other anti-theft devices like "The Club." However, some are now saying that it's also leading to other types of crime as well. Bruce Schneier points to a report claiming that better vehicle anti-theft systems will result in an increase in home robberies as thieves look to steal the keys to take the car. Of course, there doesn't seem to be any data backing this up, and the story about it is based on (you guessed it) an insurance company -- who obviously has some incentive to make you feel worried. So, until there are actual stories of this becoming common, we'll assume it hasn't crossed many car thieves' minds just yet (while it's likely that this has at least happened more than a few times -- it's just not clear that it's a real epidemic). However, it does highlight how criminals are likely to continually move on to weaker security points as they get blocked out in other areas -- and that it's important to at least consider the consequences of security changes.