Saturday, October 8, 2011

Serial numbers

One thing that the cops were asking for after we got broken into was the serial numbers of all the stolen items. This is one thing that I never recorded, after all in monetary terms the things we lost didn’t add up to all that much, especially when the technology became outmoded after several months.

However, there may be an externality argument for keeping these serial numbers in the following sense: If the items are recovered or traced through pawn shops, it helps make a case against the accused, i.e. writing down serial numbers may lead to lower crime rates.

Yeah, not too convincing but then so are the deterrent effects of capital punishment.

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