I learned a new lesson in how guns can deter and/or stop crime - and the gun wasn't even where the crime occurred.
Last night my car was broken into (okay no breakage since I left the door unlocked). As my apartment is close to the beach, the 4th of July leads a lot of foot traffic by my car before and after the Hollywood Beach fireworks show so I am pretty sure the criminal was just someone in the mass exodus checking random car doors to see if something was easy to get to. I feel stupid for allowing myself to be an easy victim, but at least I learned a new trick.
The criminal pulled 4 items out of the console of my car before stopping and leaving. There was a bottle of creatine pills, a packet of excedrin, a small nylon holster and a half a box of Remington Golden Sabre hollow-point protection rounds. From the looks of it, this is when the would be thief left my car. There were more goodies in the console, but everything below the bullet level was untouched. There was some prescription medication an old cell phone and a nice charger down there, but the bad guy never dug that far. The back seat and trunk, also had valuables in them but were also unexplored. Yep, that guy saw the bullets and knew it was a good time to leave. There was no gun in the car to be sure, I learned that lesson the hard way many many years ago and I won't ever make that mistake again, but I never saw the harm in leaving the bullets and I guess now I know it has an added benefit.
Obviously a hardened desperate criminal isn't going to stop rummaging through your stuff because they find bullets - in fact, those bullets are about a buck a piece and would have made a good score, but to the novice idiot vulture like my visitor from last night, they worked as a fantastic deterrent. I plan to move them to the top of the console pile so that the next guy won't even have to look past the aspirin to know when its time to go home.
So remember. Never leave a gun in your car but if you can spare a few, you might want to leave the bullets!