Some rioters seem to have worked out the idea of personal security. You know, by wearing their auntie's scarves across their faces and by disabling security cameras before they steal, um, cameras.
Others, though, appear to blunder in, without a second thought to just how pervasive technology has become.
So it seems in the case of a youth who allegedly thought it might be an idea, during last week's riots, to steal a MacBook Pro from a house in the West Kensington district of London.
The way the BBC reveals it, the accused, 18-year-old Soheil Khalilfar allegedly wandered into an apartment (or flat, as they like to call them there) and stole a MacBook Pro.
Sadly, for the alleged thief, it happened to belong to Greg Martin, an IT security specialist.
You will be stunned into a sense of foreboding when I tell you that Martin had a tracking device on his laptop. Oh, did I mention he used to work for NASA and the FBI?