London, July 24 (ANI): Police officials in Hertfordshire, England, are reportedly taking crime-prevention tips from 12 prolific burglars in return for not being jailed.
Cops are being aided by the robbers, who are said to have committed thousands of break-ins, as part of the Choices and Consequences project, which is aimed at reducing burglaries.
Police and the Crown Prosecution Service even describe the burglars as "security consultants".
They want them to advise them on how householders can avoid being targeted by criminals.
The 12 crooks were accepted for the project only after they admit all their crimes, underwent a drug rehabilitation course, and agreed to abide by a curfew.
In return, their prison sentences have been deferred for six months.
They will avoid jail altogether if they do not break any of the conditions in that time, and get community sentences instead.
However, according to the Daily Express, Tory MP Ann Widdecombe said: "This is barmy. The police should be able to work it out for themselves. A five-year-old child could tell them it would be a good idea not to leave your doors and windows open." (ANI)