Criminals give pointers to protect your home from burglars

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A video that's getting a lot of attention online hopes to help you protect your home.

Criminals are sharing their secrets to save you some trouble this summer.

Police in Columbus, Ohio interviewed three convicted burglars while they were behind bars to show you just how easy it is for someone to get inside your house.

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

Columbus police teamed up with the Ohio prison system to produce the videos.

The men pass on measures they say prevent people like themselves from breaking in.

Their top tips include always keeping windows closed and blinds drawn to having a working security system.

"I'm going to go up and knock on the door and if I don't hear nothing, no body answers, I don't see no lights go on, no dog barking. If I don't see the wires on the windows for the alarm system and I can look through your windows. When you're not there, shut your windows so we can't see what's in there," said one.

The inmates' only incentive was a letter to the parole board outlining their cooperation.

If you want to watch the full video, click here.

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