The Home: Advice from a Burglar

In the U.S. last year, burglars broke into more than 1,600,000 houses and apartments and made off with $350 million worth of furs, jewels, silver and other valuables. According to Robert Earl Barnes, 40% of those burglaries occurred simply because householders were careless. Barnes, 35, should know. Since stealing a bike at the age of eleven, he has, by his own reckoning, robbed 3,000 homes; the police in Washington, D.C., credit him with more than 300 burglaries totaling $2,000,000 in that city alone. Completing the second year of a 15-year Maryland prison term for housebreaking, Barnes apparently feels repentant,...

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