Well, thanks for the "heads up."
I tend to be of the school of thought that known criminals aren't the sharpest tools in the box. And, I think they're generally lazy.
Let's put it this way:
1. Probably a very dangerous place to work, the local stop and rob convenience store.
Most all of them have drop safes to which the employees do not have access. Likely less than $100.00 in the drawer. An 8 hour a day job at minimum wage would gross $58.00 a day. Stupid criminal must hit one stop and rob every 48 hours to gross as much on average.
And, look up your local crime stats. How often are convenience stores hit in your area? By the same guys? So, ain't no criminals making a living by robbing convenience stores.
2. Let's look at street robbery. How often does this occur in your neck of the woods?
It should be in your newspaper, and unless you live in a big city like Chicago, or St. Louis, etc. It doesn't happen that often either. And certainly not by the same criminal over a period of time. What does the criminal hope to gain in a street robbery? A hundred bux? How often do you carry that much cash? Okay so he get's your cards... one call and they're canceled. He ain't gonna make a living doing that either.
So, ain't nobody making a living doing that, either.
3. Okay, so now let's find the criminal who thinks you are his ATM...
He needs cash in a hurry. Thievery is not his usual mode of getting cash. But for some reason today, he needs to get some quick cash to take his moll on a date. That means it's gotta be convenient, and quick. Quickest way to get money from you is to run up on you from behind and knock you down and take your wallet.
No tree involved.
4. Now, find me an incidence of a criminal jumping out of a tree.
Coming out of the bushes, maybe. From behind a dumpster, possibly. But out of a tree? Nah. They're too lazy to get a minimum wage job that would pay more than their possible scores from convenience stores and street robberies.
Could it happen? In a war zone, sure.
That doesn't stop me from looking around and enjoying the scenery (including upward), wherever I am. But I ain't looking for no thugs in ghillie suits in trees. And if they ain't wearing ghillie suits, they're gonna stick out like the idiots they are.
I did have a personal friend who saw a couple of youngsters on a hiway overpass with a bowling ball once. She drove up the embankment to the bridge, caught the kids and offered them an ultimatum... "Take me to your parents, or I take you to the precinct house." (happened in the 60's before all the cages on the overpasses). They chose the former, and both kids (under 12 years old) got whuppins from their parents before she left each house. True story that, happened on the Dan Ryan in Chitown.
I still carry... nearly every day. But tree apes ain't on my list of concern.
Sorry to be so snide. But, c'mon... leaping thugs?