When the Today show wanted to find out how people really wanted to protect their homes, the NBC TV staff didn't fool around. They found a convicted burglar named Nicholas Kyriazis and got him to spill the secrets to his, well, success.
Kyriazis is currently in a New Jersey state prison, where he's serving a 70-year sentence for robbing over 100 houses (even 150, he's not really sure). He was even happy to share some of his techniques, bragging that he never even needed burglar tools to jimmy locks and windows. Here's why: Most people leave windows--and doors!--unlocked when they go out. (So the first tip is--lock up those side and back doors!)
Other tips: Alarm systems and security cameras aren't worth the money, the convicted felon told the NBC morning show. They just advertise you have something worth stealing. The best protection, it turns out, is a nosy neighbor (or neighborhood watch) and a barking dog.
Surprisingly, most thieves don't strike at night, but in the daytime, between 8 AM and 2 PM, when people are out and about. But the biggest tip could be about your protection. If you stumble upon a burglary, don't be a hero. Call 911 instead.