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‘From the big house to your house’: Burglars share home security tips

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Three convicted burglars are sharing tips of their trade in a crime prevention video produced by the police in Columbus, Ohio.

The men explain how they chose houses they robbed, what they targeted and what they did with the goods.

Two convicted burglars share their tips for how residents can protect their homes against criminals, in a YouTube crime-prevention video produced by police in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo: Columbus Division of Police via YouTube)

Two convicted burglars share their tips for how residents can protect their homes against criminals, in a YouTube crime-prevention video produced by police in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo: Columbus Division of Police via YouTube)

They also pass on measures they say prevent people like themselves from breaking in, from always keeping windows closed and blinds drawn to having a working security system.

Columbus police teamed up with the Ohio prison system to produce the videos. The inmates’ only incentive was a letter to the parole board outlining their cooperation.

Police Cmdr. Bob Meader said it’s one thing for officers to emphasize crime prevention and another to hear it from expert criminals.