I have been in real estate for 22 years, and like most agents, I was told early on to use listings of experienced agents to hold "Open Houses" as often as possible. I like most agents, did a few. Of course, we didn't have the huge availability of the internet like today. Signs with balloons were the norm!
The first couple of open houses, I would get to the property early, so I could walk the house several times and get familiar with details, to be as prepared for questions as possible. One of the first houses I held open, I realized as I entered the master BR, there on the dresser was a jewelry box. I lifted the lid to see if I should hide it, or leave it out. I'm not a jeweler, but I decided to hide it, as there appeared to be some very nice rings! After the open house, I awaited the homeowners arrival, had the wife look thru her rings, and verify that I had only moved the box.
From that time forward, I had a prepared disclaimer concerning jewelry, cash, medicines, guns, tools & other items of value. Basically it removes the liability from me should an "Open House Attendee" decide to get "sticky fingers" during their walk-thru of the property.
In later years, I had a couple in a home one Sunday, and I noticed the husband was paying special attention to the "security" of the house (i.e....dead bolts, window locks, etc). I told the sellers about it, and to make sure that everything stayed locked up the next couple of weeks. About 10 days later, somebody attempted to get in a back door while they were at work.
Today, we are warned about meeting strangers at a vacant property. They say to meet at the office & get a drivers license, and leave a route you plan on going with the "buyer". Also, to have a distress phrase, that you can use in calling the office or home!
They actually warn us........then we hold an open house, and invite the world to "Come On In!" They could attack you, steal something, or just plain "case the joint" for a future breakin!
I explain that to my sellers & have them sign a disclaimer. I can still find a newbie agent that is just "dying" (sorry, wrong word) thrilled to get a nice listing in which to hold an "Open House!"
Not me, what about you?