#85 - It Takes a Thief

Posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2021 at 9:37 am by LaLonde Jewelers

One thing I found out over the years was when you have little wealth or possessions you do not have to worry about losing any. But as you start to accumulate things you have to figure how to protect them. It seems there is always someone who wants your things, and they will do what they must to acquire them. These people are called thieves and I have no use for them.

It used to be that a person had to physically take something from you either from a robbery or a burglary. At one time I did not know the difference between the two, but I found out the hard way. A robbery is when you are present when something is taken, and a burglary is when things are taken, and you are not present.

The amazing thing was I was 38 years old when I learned the difference, I guess I was not hanging with those types of people who learned their thieving trade at a much younger age.

I was burglarized and lost quite a bit. For a long time, I wondered who was behind my misfortune and I sat and thought about all my friends and acquaintances and ruled in their favor or disfavor. I always said I would rather be robbed, that way I can see the person who did it. After a couple of years of investigation, the police came up with the thieves who were a locksmith and a police officer working together doing multiple burglaries.

This all happened in the late 80’s, now we have different types of thieves, the kind you will never see, cyber thieves.

These are people who do identity thefts or steal your whole computer information. I was hit by a thing called Ransomware. These are people who lock you out of your computer and want money to unlock it.

Now lucky for me I had the right backup and technical support to not have to bow to their demands, but I was amazed at what I found out. It was someone in China that was holding me hostage and while my support people were fixing my computers they got hits from Russia, Pakistan and India. You know that really narrows it down, I think these people would be easy to find.

We are no longer looking for a local burglar. My suggestion is to make sure that you spend the money for the right protection.

Remember, just because someone is living in a big house and drives a fancy car does not mean they are good business people. They could be the thieves who were walking around inside your computer last week.

Written by Dan LaLonde, G.G., G.I.A.
Lalonde Jewelers & Gemologists
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