I just want to point out that the stories about things disappearing from yards were all from Mass., and the story of the stolen tools was from NJ.
I am originally from NYC, and I can tell you that I grew up trained not to leave anything unsecured in the back yard because it might be gone tomorrow. You couldn't work on your car in front of your house without collecting your tools and taking them with you if you had to go inside to take a leak. I actually had the aluminum rain gutters stolen off a house I owned on Staten Island. Nobody saw a thing.
So... you guys who say, "One day your stuff won't be safe in your back yard..." That day is here, at least for some people.
Now that I live in Maine, where people don't lock their doors, and leave their keys in their cars, I've got to say that things are a bit different, and life is a little bit more "the way it should be."
My point, though, before I forget what I was saying, is to ask, "What do these jurisdictions (MA, NJ, NYC) have in common?"
If you answered, "They are the hardest places to get a gun in the whole US (well, other than DC and Chicago)," you'd be right.
I'm not certain whether Maine (or PA, or Upstate NY) people are necessarily any more honest (or whether they have a smaller percentage of bad apples), but I can say with a fair amount of confidence that around here, the average lowlife has to think about whether he wants to be staring into the sewerpipe-sized barrel of my .44, my .45, or my 12ga, while in a place like Mass., he doesn't need to trouble himself with such unpleasant thoughts.
It's a sad comment, but a true one, and seems to have been true throughout history.