Homeowners, Please Secure your Valuables!
Common Sense tells us that we shouldn't leave valuables out in the open while strangers are wandering through our homes. But what, exactly, do we mean by securing them?
Ideally jewelry, small electronics, cash, firearms and anything that could easily be picked up and dropped in a purse or pocket should go to a trusted family member or friend's home. One that is not also on the market for sale.
Most find this inconvenient or impossible. There are other solutions however. Items can be locked in safes or deeply hidden in closets and boxes.
Buyers that come to your home to steal, come with a plan. They will come in a pair and separate so that one is able to be out of sight. They can easily open drawers and cabinet doors.
But they will not have the luxury of time. So, as long as items are not easily accessible, they should be safe.
Don't leave jewelry boxes out.
Hide or remove prescription drugs. Especially pain killers. They should not be left in the bathrooms, anywhere. Addicts will ask to use the bathroom and lock the door. They shouldn't be in kitchen cabinets either.
Hide or remove checkbooks, credit cards and any financial statements with account numbers. Identity theft is a huge problem across the country. Don't make it easy for them!