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For vacant homes, what's your favourite theft deterrent tip or gadget?

Asked by Garnier Investments, Scottsdale, AZ Wed Dec 5, 2012

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Bill Eckler-Florida,’s answer
The standard placing a few lights in the property on a timer so they go and off on at dfferent times. Doing the same with a radio and keeping the window blinds shut. Don't let mail, newspapers, or flyers build up anywhere on the property.

There is no substitute for having a neighbor on your team, keeping an eye on things. They can sometimes help beyond imagination.


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two dogs always works..worth every penny- they crap in the basement and its an easy clean
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sell it quickly email me at jmichaels@remax.net and I can assist
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Many do not realize that a vacant house is not covered by Home owners insurance. The policy sets out the time period of vacancy after which coverage ceases. 30-60-90 days? The MLS history archive can tell an adjuster just when the house became vacant. Talk about risk.
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I recommend boxing it up and sealing it. Steel doors sealed shut, windows, etc. Ultimately, if they want to get in they will get in however this can help. I had a property where they climbed up on the roof and went down the chimney... tis the season : )

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It is a good idea to keep things locked up and sealed tight. If it looks like there might be an opening then they feel like they have an opportunity. It has been discussed that having screens can deter because it is another thing for them to have to worry about.
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best to call your local police department they would be more than happy to assist with this one
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Do what your budget will allow: perimeter wrought iron fence & dead bolt locks on the front & rear gates & entry solid doors; Monitored security system serviced 24/7 with visible and hidden web based cameras which can also control interior/exterior lighting; Motion detection sensitive out-door bright lighting; introduce yourself to the neighbors and find someone to help you remove junk mail and maintain front & rear yards. Consider security steel doors and window board ups + be sure to winterizing if you anticipate a vacancy for an extended time.
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In addition to an alarm system and visible postings of the alarm, have your agent monitor the property and show it regularly, instead of putting it on a lockbox. In many areas, the lockbox is a dead giveaway that it's vacant.
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Definitely, install an alarm system and put some signs that the property have alarm, ask some neighbors to park in the driveway and live some light on.

Best of Luck,

Maria Cipollone

Century 21 Tenace

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Lights on in different places on inexpensive timers, blinds or shades on outside windows, first floor and alarm are the best preventative measures I have found with vacant listings. Also, making friends with the neighbors helps.
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Dogs are expensive and extremely messy. House sitters are unreliable and even when they are loyal they leave the property at times. If someone wants in, they will be watching and they will break in when the time is right.

Put steel doors and wrought iron gates on all entry points, these are great for vacant and occupied security. Board up all windows with 3/4" plywood, 2x4s and thru bolts. Winterize the property. Remove the furnace and water heater.

I use an alarm company that installs units and moves them from address to address when vacancies occur. If you get a break in you will be notified and the police will be called. Usually they will not have time to steal all of the copper, cabinets, toilets and they will bug out.

Erik Sachs
RpV Realty and Development
Cell 773/368-5515
Email esachs@rpvinc.com
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security guard on premise or a large dog.
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When I use to work in the alarm installation business posting a sign stating a alarm system is on the premises can certainly help. Nothing is 100%.
Turning on lights can certainly help as well. However, if the place is being “cased” and the lights go on and off at the same time it may obvious no one is home.

Read this: http://simplisafe.com/blog/home-security-yard-signs-burglar-…

Best of Luck,

Manuel Brown, Broker
iMove Chicago
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Lighting is very important but in certain neighborhoods the only thing that might help is a house sitter w/ a dog.
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In other words it all has to do with the values and integrity of individuals regardless of any social attitudes to attempt to prevent since that is established long before the act.
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There is none. If some vandal or thief intends to break into that vacant house they will do so.
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