Alex's blog ("Be Careful Out There 9/2/06 01:54PM) made me recall an experience I had awhile back. I was holding an open house (maybe it was a real long time ago). An agent showed up with his client, a young professional looking, well spoken man. He seemed to linger longer than usual in the master bedroom and even longer in the master closet. I made a mental note of it and then dismissed it.
He then showed up to my next open house without his agent. As we walked through the house, he noticed a class photo from the owner's daughter's highschool and commented that he went to that school. I told him I knew alot of the people from that school, and asked him his name. When he told me, every hair stood up on my body! He was "The High Society Burglar". As soon as he left, I went to the gate house for the neighborhood and told the police officer the story. Before I told him the name, he asked me if it was this person. I asked the cop how he knew. He said that he was just issued a "be on the lookout" and had the fax with this burglar's photo on it. My company had to share this news with the two homeowners and we wound up paying for security to be posted at their home when they were away. This went on for two months!
That was the last open house I have ever done in an owner occupied residence. When a client asks for one, I tell them this story and that I absolutely won't do it!