The Tricky Ways Burglars Can Break into Your Home

A former thief shows the mistakes that can make your home more vulnerable to burglars.
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The break ins you are about to see took seconds showing how easily an unwelcome intruder can enter your home. There are a million of these attacks every year. Tonight, we are learning from a career prowler there are a few easy things you can do to protect yourself from becoming the next victim. Here's ABC's gio Benitez. Reporter: This is a parent's nightmare. A 13-year-old girl on her way home from school is followed by this man, right to her door. He pushes his way in after her and seems to assault her, but the teen backpack still on fights back. I tried to get him off of me. Reporter: The ledged stalking caught on security camera. The teen, her identity hidden for protection, describing those harrowing moments. I push him back and slam my hand in to his face and that's when he decides to get off of me. She texted her father. Daddy come home now. Some guy tried to rape me. Also this week, a 63-year-old woman attacked in her rural new Hampshire home after cased by two alleged robbers. Two men arrive at 9:20 P.M. And hide. An hour and a half later, Christine comes home and turns off her alarm system. She calls the dog, who seems to be agitated in to the house and that's when the ljd thieves take advantage. It takes three seconds for one to get to that unlocked door. They zip tied her to a support post, and put a blanket over her head. Reporter: Those suspects getting away with $25,000 worth of rare coins and jewel Rhode Island she was left bound in the basement for nine hours before rescued. These are the latest in a series of alleged crimes caught on camera. Intruders crossing the threshold in to the place where we are supposed to feel safe, our own homes. In San Jose, California, this homeowner watched on multiple home security cameras as an intruder broke in to her home. Even pulling on the door to her bedroom where she was hiding. In central Florida, men dressed as ninjas breaking in to this home, tying up the homeowner. There are an estimated 1.2 million break ins every year. A home burglary happening every 16 seconds in the U.S. High-tech security cameras and alarms are little match for a trained criminal. While on parole and trying to clean up his act, this convicted thief agreed to strap on a camera for ABC news and gives up his secrets. All kind of good electronics down here. Wow. Reporter: So you can make your home more secure. Chris Patterson takes us step by step through the perfect break in using this ABC news staff er's house. Make sure no one is home. Reporter: Once he is sure it is empty. Walk back here. Perfect. An unlocked window is invitation. I'm in. I'm going to make sure the doors are unlocked in case I need to get out of here quickly. He said this homeowner, like so many of us makes it a snap. It doesn't matter race, nationality, income bracket, age, almost every single person puts things in the same place as the next one. Up to the master bedroom. First place I like to check. Common knowledge to all burglars, master bedroom first. That's where the jewelry's at. That's what a burglar is looking for. When I opened her top drawer it was filled with jewelry bags and box. They group it together. It is matter of organization or ease for them. If it is easy for you, it's easy for me. Crime knows no boundaries, no demographic. No such thing as a safe neighborhood. You never know who's casing your neighborhood. Now a security expert, Kathleen Baty was once the victim. A man tried to kidnap her from her own home. I came home from work and was listening to my answering machine and he was in my home behind me with a knife. Reporter: Her attacker went to prison. From that day she never let her guard down. I lived the rest of my life in wait for it to happen again. Reporter: She wants others to be vigilant, too. Baty says many houses that appear safe are vulnerable. Houses like louisas. He can't get in. I'm sure of it. Something I saw for myself when I spent the day with another convicted criminal. He told us he is reformed and wants to help people protect their homes. The window's open. Reporter: First point of entry the car in the driveway with windows down. Bingo. The garage door opener in plain sight. Within 45 seconds he's in the garage and finds the door to the house unlocked. He quickly makes his way upstairs to the master bedroom where with he finds the jewelry box. 2 1/2 minutes. You did it in half of the time you thought you would do this. You saw it open. You thought maybe it has a garage door opener in it. Keys, garage door opener. They will leave -- they won't think about it in a hurry to get in the house. Just leave it all sitting there. It turns out windows are criminal catnip. He pops the window screen and tapes the window to minimize glass shatter and noise. Some easy fixes can make your house less tempting. First Baty says never leave your garage door opener in plain sight. They are watching and waiting if that are moment. Don't make it easy. Reporter: Better yet, lock the garage. You want to disengage the motor of your garage door opener and manually shut your garage door and bolt it. So no one can open it from the outside. Reporter: It turns out 73% of home break-ins are by kicking in a door. Baty says there is an easy solution for that too. You want to install a strike plate, a metal plate that goes all the way down and makes it more difficult. In other words you don't want the door to break apart. Exactly. If a burglar manages to break in, Patterson who has a taste for tech. I want to get the laptop to move quickly. Don't leave cords attached to electronics. Store them separately because it is sure to frustrate a thief that is sure to leave it besgliend people don't realize how valuable those things are. Without the cords you can't sell it. But since this demonstration, he is back in jail for attempted burglary. Hours ago, police arrested the man who they believe attacked that 13-year-old and another woman. We have credible evidence, which we believe lijs this suspect top those attacks. He is charged with burglary, attempted sexual assault and false imprisonment. The survivors that survived this attack can rest assure ed now that predator is off the streets. Reporter: For "Nightline," I'm gio Benitez in New York.

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