Protecting vacant homes


#1

I have some homes that will be sitting vacant what do you guys do to protect these homes from uninvited guest and thieves?


#2

How long are you leaving them vacant?

Are they on the lots where they will be worked on and eventually sold or in a holding pen somewhere?

If you don’t have a person that can be hired to be walking them daily and making sure they are all locked up, I would hire a security company to check them daily.

Make sure if they are in working order you leave lights on 24 / 7 inside and outside. If you have no power, I suggest a daily walk and security to keep an eye.


#3

Also consider whether this is a symptom of a larger issue. Do you have trespassing tenants that need evicting; or a need to put a community gate with access code to keep out the area riff-raff? Make sure you’re spending your dollars towards the root cause.

At a minimum you can put some of these cheap battery powered door alarm systems up in them so your neighbors know when to call the cops.


#4

well these homes are vacant for a month tops so I bought window and door alarms that just make noise if opened and bought motion lights for outside and bought a couple fake cameras. I don’t have a huge problem with thieves but when I bought the park all the vacant homes that have been sitting for years were all missing wiring and furnaces out of them but we also had terrible managers before I took over the park


#5

That makes sense then. Thieves and weirdo’s can get into the best or worst neighborhoods, they have a homing device for targets. I am glad you got a solution that didn’t break the bank. :slight_smile: