ALLEN (CBSDFW.COM) – He may not be like any teacher you’ve ever had, but a professional thief is opening up about his life of crime to teach homeowners how to avoid becoming a victim.READ MORE: 2 Dozen Dallas ISD Campuses Still Debating Alternative Calendars
Thousands of viewers have watched videos Allen Police posted on YouTube that show Michael Durden giving advice on how to protect your property. Now he says he wants to help homeowners scare away thieves like him.
It isn’t just curious homeowners who are taking notice of Durden’s youtube videos on how to prevent burglaries. Some of his fellow inmates have also heard about the professional burglar’s newfound fame.
“I’m probably fixing to have to get locked away in a single cell, protective custody because I’ve already had problems just yesterday from being broadcast on Channel 11 News for the youtube video,” Durden said from an interview room at the Collin County Jail.
Despite his growing reputation as a snitch, Durden doesn’t regret going public and talking tradecraft. What he says he does regret is the pain he’s caused his victims, and that’s why he wants to teach people to protect themselves from burglary.
“The little cameras that people have that you can put at the very front of your house, some of them put them up in the corners where they point down, change that. Bring that camera down to almost average height,” Durden said.
That will capture better footage of a suspect’s features, and it will also send a message that the home is protected. Reinforcing that message is critical.READ MORE: Family Of 'Kind, Loving' Man Shot By Stray Bullet Into Apartment, Struggling With Senseless Death
“The little sticker that people have that says that their alarm system is current, and that they have a permit for it is a major deterrent to a lot of people,” Durden said.
Whenever a home presented multiple levels of difficulty, Durden says he would simply move on because there were always plenty of easier targets. Now he hopes he can help people like those he hurt.
“And I hope that some of the people that I hurt in the situation can find… I don’t know, solace in the fact that, you know, I realize what I did, and I’m sorry for it,” Durden said.
Both Durden and police insist he was not promised any leniency for sharing his secrets. Durden tells us since going back to jail, he has become sober, and that allowed him to feel remorse for his victims.
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