Alphabet's Nest unit designed its home security system with the help of police and "former burglars" during a years-long development process begun under former CEO Tony Fadell, company executives said.
"We brought in a whole bunch of former burglars," Nest general manager Michele Chambers Turner told a room full of media gathered in San Francisco for the unveiling of Nest Secure.
The company asked the thieves questions like, "How do you case a house?" and "How did you break in?" and used their replies to help design the system, Turner said during the presentation, which also included video footage of an arrest of a home burglar.
The arrest was genuine, not staged, Nest product marketing director Maxime Veron told CNBC after the presentation.