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.)