I don't even mention my corn snakes to people.
You have two groups of reptile thieves in my opinion. High dollar theives like these, and cheap kids who want to steal something. Good example...a year before adopting my Green Iguana, someone broke into the owners home, rolled her into a carpet and stole her. I mean, you cannot even pay someone to TAKE an iguana yet this kid stole one because of the "popularity" value amougst his friends.
That is why no one except my close friends, family members and select people who bought from me last year, know what I keep. Everything is normally in one room with a locked door. It could be corns or 50,000 balls. Someone always wants to steal something.