Burglars look at buildings in a different way, seeing lift shafts that can be shimmied up and plasterboard walls to cut through

This article titled “A Burglar’s Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh review – how a criminal sees the world” was written by PD Smith, for The Guardian on Friday 24th June 2016 14.00 UTC

In June 1986, strange mechanical sounds were heard coming from the ground around the vault of the First Interstate Bank in Hollywood. The police and the bank’s own security staff investigated but could find nothing wrong. The noises were dismissed as “just a rat running around inside the walls or something”. But they continued. Sometimes there were temporary power cuts or interruptions to the phone system. One night, the internal muzak system started playing, scaring an employee who was working late. Staff joked that the bank was haunted. But no one was laughing when an employee opened the vault one day and discovered a tunnel drilled through the floor: $172,000 in cash and $2.5m in personal belongings had been stolen.

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