Many burglars are amateur experts in architecture: whether it’s learning a building’s floor plan to escape via an air duct, registering as a fake company to request a building’s private blueprints or tunneling into the side of a building from an alleyway dumpster, burglars can reveal vulnerabilities in human-made structures that most people never notice. Geoff Manaugh, the creator of BLDGBLOG, a popular blog on architecture, joins us to talk about his new book , “A Burglar’s Guide To The City,” and what’s revealed when we see a city through a thief’s eyes.

Geoff Manaugh Reveals The City Seen Through Burglars’ Eyes 4 May,2016carlosg

Geoff Manaugh, an architecture and design blog launched in 2004. He is also former senior editor of Dwell magazine. His most recent book is "A Burglar's Guide to the City.'"

  • Robert Thomas

    Anyone who wants to case a hone such as those featured at Zillow need only attend an open house or schedule a viewing at the residence. This is far from being a novel technique.

    • Mjhmjh

      Though if the burglar looks at Zillow, no one sees his face. It would take a little more detective work to find out who had looked at the online details.

      • Robert Thomas

        Are looky-loos now photographed? Or even marked at all? Perhaps they are, these days.

    • Steven King

      I follow the “crime & safety” postings on for our city, and in my experience most people have not gone beyond the “Mayberry RFD” mindset. They don’t realize why they cannot leave their car parked on the street, with personal items visible and leave the doors unlocked. When a theft occurs the common refrain on Nextdoor is “Did you call the Police?” In most cases there are no witnesses, it’s hours after the fact … yet they don’t understand why the Police cannot get their man.

      It’s great that he mentioned the ways in which technology is used by criminals to plan their crimes. This level of awareness could be the prompt needed for people to move past an innocent mindset and become aware of ways to thwart the criminals.

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