In Seattle: How to scare bank robbers? Try smiling.
In an MSNBC report:
What's the best way to make a bank robber turn around and walk out the door empty-handed? Try a handshake and a smile.Now why didn't I think of that? If it works with bank robbers it must work with pirates. When dealing with piracy; forget dongles, challenge/response, encrypted keys, secret passwords .... Just smile
Excessive friendliness is the key to the "Safecatch" system created by FBI Special Agent Larry Carr. The premise is that an overdose of courtesy will unnerve would-be robbers and get them to rethink the crime.
"If you're a legitimate customer, you think, 'This is the friendliest person I've met in my life.' If you're a bad guy, it scares the lights out of you," said Drew Ness, a vice president of Bellevue-based First Mutual Bank, who advocates the approach.