KJ4VOV wrote:Common sense argues that burglars will be looking for easier targets. Unless you're a ham, ham gear is going to be a mystery to you, and you won't have a clue as to what it's worth (without doing research), nor are there many people buying hot ham gear. (I really don't see a burglar renting a table at a hamfest to dispose of stolen gear)
Screw the ham gear. They'll go straight for the jewelry and guns.
It's not a cheap hobby and anyone who knows that can deduce the target has some money. Where there are hams, there are often guns. Where there are XYLs, there is jewelry.
KJ4VOV wrote:Yes, as a burglar it's useful to know the house is empty and no one will be home for an hour or two, but does nothing to tell you about alarm systems, other people who may be in the house not mentioned on the air, neighbors who might be keeping an eye on the place (or just nosy), and other similar things burglars need to take into consideration.
Alarms are useless and neighbors don't give a fuck.
By the time the alarm monitoring center calls to verify the alarm, the robbers are already on their way out the door.
KJ4VOV wrote:Also, a burglar spending his/her time monitoring the local 2m repeater, looking for an "easy" mark, just isn't realistic. It would require that the burglar have knowledge of the local repeater, what frequency to listen to, access to FCC listings (easy enough with most phones), and ready transportation to get to the place before the owner does, and still have enough time to break in, rob the joint, and escape. And for what? Gear he/she is going to have a hard time disposing of? Also, it requires the burglar to be somewhat local to the area, so what gets taken will be disposed of locally (or on eBay) and easier to find. And, how many times do you think a burglar could do this before the hams on the repeater got wise and set up a sting? Two times. That's my estimate. After the second local ham mentioned they got burglarized the word would be out to the rest of the local hams.
You're underestimating burglars.
KJ4VOV wrote:No, simply not something that's worthwhile to your average burglar, who is likely going to be of the smash & grab type, who just looks for targets of opportunity.
No better opportunity than a house full of valuables and an owner that is nowhere near close to being home.