Our house was broken into last month. For a burglary, we got off pretty light. The thief was obviously in a hurry, and made off with mostly stuff that was easy to carry: my laptop, a digital camera, jewelry in a jewelry box, mantle clock from IKEA (really). We had insurance. We’re getting new stuff.
We subsequently activated the alarm system that had been installed in the house by a previous resident. But I’m not foolish – an alarm system won’t stop someone from breaking in if they really want to. It’ll at best ensure they don’t stay long.
My question: how do you make items like a laptop or a digital camera or a jewelry box less grabbable? It seems impractical to lock my MacBook, digital camera, and other small items (video camera, etc.) in a safe every time I’m done with it – but is that really the kind of effort it takes to frustrate a smash-and-grab thief?
What do you do with valuable, easily portable items in your house? Hide them? Keep them away from windows? Lock 'em up whenever you’re not using them?
(Note: I’m not looking for foolproof solutions here. I realize that a determined thief can make off with just about anything, if they want to invest the time. I want to deter the people who won’t invest the time.)