Northeast Denver has been hit by a string of burglaries over a few days during the holiday season, 7 News reports. Burglars dressed as movers have targeted vacant homes for sale. In the report from Jan. 2, 2013 by the news network, burglars either removed the lock or broke into the lock-boxes on the front door. They then proceeded to remove furniture and appliances from the residence. Neighbors who believed they were legitimate movers did not intervene.
Surely, the burglars knew they only had a small window of opportunity before the burglaries are reported to the public. They broke into several homes in a short span of time. One home was burglarized twice, day after day.
I suspect that the burglars aren't planning to repeat this stunt again. Friendly neighbors are likely to make such break-ins, described by 7 News as “brazen,” nearly impossible. The news network has also released the description of two vehicles suspected as belonging to the burglars.
I’d love to know what readers think and how they feel about these incidences. Does the real estate industry need to respond, and how? The police force is likely to bring the culprits to justice soon. Would this deter future attempts? Should home sellers equip their homes with closed circuit cameras streaming directly to their phones? Should homes be advertised to licensed real estate brokers and Realtors® exclusively, and not to the general public?
Would you have a “For Sale” sign placed on your yard by a real estate professional? Please share your experiences and thoughts. Please leave your comment below or write me at RE@sigalstein.com