When you are trying to figure out the best possible way to protect your home from a burglar, why not talk with a burglar to garner their expertise? Many people defer to the advice that home security companies can provide, but if you had the opportunity to talk to a burglar about their techniques, their strategies, and what deters them from burglarizing a home, would you take it?
Protect America realized just how beneficial insights from a burglar could be. Understanding that the average individual does not have access to a burglar, let alone a burglar that is willing to talk so openly about their crimes, Protect America set out to find this data and make it accessible to everyone.
Protect America discovered a team of three professors, Kristie R. Blevins of Eastern Kentucky University, Joseph B. Kuhns of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Seungmug “Zech” Lee of Western Illinois University, interviewed over 400 career burglars to learn about their motivation and methods. The project was funded by the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. The researchers gathered survey results from more than 400 convicted offenders. This insight allows the average citizen the opportunity to secure their home in a way that specifically deters burglars.
The research findings were detailed in a report, “Understanding Decisions to Burglarize from the Offender’s Perspective” and the report dives into the motivation for burglaries, how burglars choose specific targets, and what deterrents actually deter burglars from burglarizing specific targets.
Protect America used the data from the “Understanding Decisions to Burglarize from the Offender’s Perspective” to create an e-book that is informative, easy to understand, and compelling. The statistics presented and the infographics used in the e-book, “Interview with a Burglar”, give readers the ability to dive into the thought process of a burglar and emerge armed with information that they can use to start protecting their home more efficiently and more effectively.
Dr. Kuhns, a member of UNCC’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said that he is “grateful that our work is having a real impact in the world of security” and when asked what surprised him most about the results of the research he said, “the most surprising finding was that alarms and other home protection measures actually do deter burglars, according to burglars.” Similarly, Dr. Blevins of EKU’s School of Justice Studies, was surpsied that “security measures, such as alarms, are actually true deterrents.”
Read through Interview with a Burglar and you may be surprised with what the burglars had to say. If anything, you will learn how to best help protect your home from being an easy target for any prowling burglars.