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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's intent is to help people keep their houses safe from burglary, but viewers could theoretically learn how to break into houses by watching the show. The hosts are former thieves who've turned their lives around. Most featured families are white and suburban.
Violence & Scariness
Fake robber and his accomplices kick down doors, break windows, toss things around, and seem very aggressive while doing so.
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Some bleeped cursing, along with words like "suck" and "damn."
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Products & Purchases
Brands of home security equipment are sometimes visible. Hosts strongly promote hiring home security experts and installing expensive security systems.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series about home security involves a former thief breaking into a home. Though it's probably not the show's intent, viewers learn methods for burglarizing houses. The hosts strongly promote the use of expensive security systems. Bottom line? Children of all ages may feel more afraid of their surroundings, whether dangerous or not, after watching.
Is It Any Good?
Despite its ostensible emphasis on safety and security, It Takes Thief can leave viewers feeling vulnerable. The hosts stress the ease with which burglars can enter your home, potentially putting people and possessions at risk. Younger viewers (and even adults) may not have the perspective needed to understand the difference between real and perceived risk. While the intention of the show is to help people feel empowered to protect their home, the result might instead be to create unnecessary fear. (And then there's the idea that potential thieves might pick up a few tips by watching. ...)
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