freedom is right, being aware of one’s surroundings is always important. My wife and her friend were in New Mexico earlier this year and came out of a store at about closing time. This was at night in Albuquerque. They were fiddling around re-arranging stuff in the rental car before leaving and not paying attention to their surroundings. All of a sudden a guy appears out of nowhere and being too startled to really see who the guy is they think they’re about to be mugged, but it turns out it was a cop. He asked if they were OK and then told them that it wasn’t safe to be there alone at night. It could have turned out very different had it been someone other than the cop.
Coming back to gun thefts, I believe a good proportion of the guns used in crimes had been stolen beforehand.