Burgler Uses Open Houses As His Modus Operandi (MO)

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Real Estate Agent with http://www.CapeGroup.com & http://www.REindex.com 9023635

I just read an article that describes a burglar as posing as a buyer at open houses as his modus operandi. Houses in high dollar areas tend to be larger and with more than one visitor at a time, a single agent can lose track of who is where. This guy allegedly focused on jewelry which is small enough to conceal easily.

If you're doing an open house, be on your guard. If you are attending an open house, please understand that there are reasons you are asked to sign in, beyond just getting your name and contact information.

Here is a link to an article about this topic.

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Rainmaker
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Keith Landis
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just read an article that describes a burglar as posing as a buyer at open houses as his modus operandi

I always wonder this myself.  What is to prevent someone from snatching something?   As far as the sign in, someone who is planning on taking a souvenir isn't going to list their proper contact info.

May 20, 2010 05:19 AM #1
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Bill Gillhespy
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Hi Heath,  Open houses are one way the bad guys take advantage of sellers.  I also see pictures in the MLS which would be tempting to crooks.  Some even include the code to the lock !

May 20, 2010 05:20 AM #2
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Katherine Fornale
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Besides telling the seller to put away all valuables I try to have another person at my open houses.  This way I can give attention to those who want it without having people wandering around without supervision.

May 20, 2010 05:23 AM #3
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Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker
http://www.CapeGroup.com & http://www.REindex.com - Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker Robert Paul Properties Falmouth MA

Open houses and a bad economy can be a poor combination if you aren't careful.

May 23, 2010 04:48 AM #4
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