Not only is security an issue for the REALTOR, but the home owner should also be aware that when they put their house on the market, they will be allowing strangers inside. As REALTORs, we make every effort to ensure that the seller's property is safe during showings and open houses, but home owners should always take precautions before each showing. They should do a "sweep" of their home & remove or hide any jewelry, small electronics and prescription drugs. They shouild also go a step further & protect their identity by putting away check books, credit cards, bank statements, anything with their social security number on it and even notes by their computer that has passwords, etc. I am always amazed at what home owner's leave laying around in plane sight!