VIDEO: Convicted burglar shares his secrets as part of police campaign

13:50 30 April 2014

A convicted burglar is interviewed by crime reduction officer Helen O'Driscoll.

A convicted burglar is interviewed by crime reduction officer Helen O'Driscoll.

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A convicted burglar has taken part in a video to explain how criminals operate.

The video has been released by Cambridgeshire Constabulary as part of their Get Closer burglary campaign.

The burglar, who is at Peterborough prison, is asked what items he looks to steal, why he targets certain homes and what would stop him from choosing one house over another.

Crime Reduction Officer Helen O’Driscoll, who carried out the interview, said: “The interview was an eye-opener but very useful in gaining a better understanding of the thinking and motivations behind why someone burglaries.

“It still amazes me how avoidable many of the burglaries are and how simple measures such as keeping your front and back doors locked or moving valuables out of view and can make such a difference.

“A burglar only needs to spot an open window or an unlocked door or gate to make their move and if you think your security looks poor then so will a burglar.

“It doesn’t take much to improve security but it’s a worthwhile investment and gives peace of mind.”

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