It Takes A Thief

It Takes A Thief offers viewers something they've never seen before: a home burglary performed by convicted former thieves that is taped as it happens.

Ever wondered how safe is your house is? It Takes a Thief sets out to answer that very question.

Hosted by reformed ex-burglars, Matt Johnston and Jon Douglas Rainey, It Takes a Thief tests the home-security of the average home owner by staging actual burglaries to reveal security shortcomings. The burglary is followed by a lesson in what steps to take to prevent such a violation from occurring again.

Production Information

Broadcaster: Discovery

TX Date: October 2005

Format: 80 x 60



Executive Producer(s):

Allison Corn


Jon Douglas Rainey and Matt Johnston

Awards & Nominations

New York Festival 2007

World Medal: Reality TV - Gold Award

Telly Awards 2007

Silver Award - Win