Such is the latest lesson to be learned from that laboratory of contemporary criminology, the Islamic Republic of Iran. In an effort to beat back a recent wave of street crime apparently spurred by the sanctions-battered economy, the mullahs of Teheran have taken to hanging thugs from construction cranes in public squares. How's that working out? Well, at the recent execution of a couple of guys convicted of a violent robbery in Teheran, "a Los Angeles Times correspondent covering the event had his iPad ... stolen from his shoulder bag while speaking with distraught relatives of the condemned."
(Thanks to LA Observed for pointing out this tragi-comic story.)