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Saturday, April 13, 2024

The change in the way we do our jobs since the pandemic accounts for half of the 30% drop in break-ins since 2019



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... Almost none of the long-term changes people said the pandemic would bring have turned out to be true. The gratitude and respect for carers and lower earners didn't last long once we were allowed to do something more exciting than clapping on our doorsteps. Even online shopping has fallen back to roughly where the pre-pandemic rise would have put it.

But one change has stuck: working from home (with the important caveat that it's rocketed among the top half of earners in particular; those working in a shop or restaurant, not so much). What affect will this have? It clearly boosts wellbeing, and is helping more mothers work full time. The research on its productivity impact is far more mixed, and I'd say comes down to a score draw. The big clear win is less time spent commuting, the benefits of which are shared between employees and employers. The losses? Missing out on the less tangible benefits of interacting with colleagues, and humans more generally.

But new research brings a different angle to the debate, suggesting that home working doesn't just cut commuting, it cuts crime. Specifically, burglaries, where the shift to working from home is given the credit for half of the 30% drop since 2019. ...

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-04-13 08:33 PM | Reply


I had not thought about the burglary aspect of working from home until I read this interesting article....

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-04-13 08:34 PM | Reply

That's weird. Mind you I don't live in a place where burglaries are a thing.

#3 | Posted by REDIAL at 2024-04-13 08:47 PM | Reply

I was an early work at homer in Austin in the early 80's, having moved there from the Silicon Valley and set up a hi-tech recruiting office at home for what was a fledgling 3rd Coast tech boom... that fizzled about 1986.

Any who, I was at home at work when my wife and small child had just gotten back from grocery shopping, and went into the garage to help bring in groceries.

I saw a guy right behind her, and he looked shocked to see me and turned and ran. He and the guy waiting in the car had the classic ex-con just outta prison look, and they screeched away before I got to him.

Turns out it was a not unusual robbery/whatever else they had in mind attempt, as they had followed her home from the grocery store, not expecting a husband at home.

I often thought of what might have happened had I not been working at home, as this was/is apparently a common robbery/assault technique.

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2024-04-13 08:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#4 ... was an early work at homer in Austin in the early 80's ...

Late 70's for me.

The company I worked for paid the monthly cost of a second phone line into my house so I could be online (at a whopping 1200bps) without tying up my main phone number.

(and... yes, that is not a typo. 1200bps I was able to work, and do the tasks my job required.)

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-04-13 08:56 PM | Reply

Absolutely, I work from home, which means if you break in with violence I will shoot you dead in not only the evening, but the afternoon and morning as well.

I still step out for lunch so you might get lucky then. But probably not my neighbors don't like criminals either.

#6 | Posted by CommonCents816 at 2024-04-14 12:29 AM | Reply

Lamplighter, are you an old mainframer?

#7 | Posted by CommonCents816 at 2024-04-14 12:39 AM | Reply

@#6 ... Absolutely, I work from home, which means if you break in with violence I will shoot you dead in not only the evening, but the afternoon and morning as well. ...

Congrats on that.

But the big deterrent seems to be more of someone present on the property during the day.

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-04-14 12:41 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#7 ... Lamplighter, are you an old mainframer? ...

Back in the late 70's, commercially, mainframes were The Thing. So, yeah, in that respect, yes.

Though I had a microcomputer in the basement, a hand-assembled micro. With a S-100 bus and an Intel 8080 CPU. That CPU ran at a blazing 2MHz, and I had a whopping 64MB of memory to work in.

I also was one of the early adopters who lead my corporation (a major corporation) into the PC world, away from those rusty ole mainframes.

The stories i could tell ...

But for starters,

64MB of memory cost, let's say, $20,000 per megabyte in the 1970's...

Memory Prices 1957+

... and don't even ask me about the cost of hard drives back ten...

#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-04-14 01:15 AM | Reply

Different angle for some perspective. Yeah, homeworking could be, well, death for some burglars. High price for maybe acquiring some goodies. Worth getting blasted? Unlikely.

#10 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2024-04-14 05:56 AM | Reply


That's weird. I'd swear you once told me you are a female.

#11 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2024-04-14 01:11 PM | Reply


64MB of RAM on an 8-bit CPU in the late '70s? HOW?

(Assuming you mistyped KB. It's easy to do these days, the memory we had back in the early '80s seems unfathomably small now.)

#12 | Posted by DarkVader at 2024-04-14 01:14 PM | Reply



You may be thinking of mAndrea.

#13 | Posted by Corky at 2024-04-14 01:16 PM | Reply

It's canceled out by "wage theft."

#14 | Posted by Dbt2 at 2024-04-14 02:59 PM | Reply

Res Burgs have traditionally happened during daylight hours on weekdays, especially in bedroom communities where people leave home early and get home late. I hadn't really thought about it, but in our city, burglary rates are way down. I hadn't attributed it to work-from-home policies, but it makes sense that more people at home means more chance of witnesses seeing bad guys breaking into neighbor homes, but also a greater chance of meeting a gun in the face every time you stuff somebody's door. Most burglars don't want confrontation, they don't want to be seen doing their crimes. The vast majority of burglaries that we solve are because a nosey neighbor sees somebody breaking into a house and calls 911.

#15 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2024-04-14 06:28 PM | Reply

Hah! Good! Let them get real jobs for a change. Earn your OWN people...

#16 | Posted by earthmuse at 2024-04-14 09:36 PM | Reply

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