Secure Your Home when Listed

September is Realtor safety month and last week I had the pleasure of taking a class at St. Paul Area Association of Realtors (SPAAR) learning about how to keep clients and agents safe.  One of the burglarnewest trends that was shared in the class was the prevalence of prescription drugs and other valuables being stolen from the property.  The presenter (an ex-police officer) talked about ways to “Harden the Target”, the targeting being either the home or individual.  Hardening the target is way to make the property less appealing to criminals and reducing the probability of them wanting to pursue the target.  His suggestion was to have a safety deposit box, a go bag (that has those items in it that you take anytime you need to leave the home), or even a large/heavy safe.

He also said that the majority of criminals he interviewed would always go to the master bedroom first looking for valuables.  They often would not spend anytime looking through kids/other rooms in the home.  After any showing/open house be sure to re-check all windows and doors to make sure none are left intentionally unlocked or open.  In interviews from that the presenter had conducted, he said that criminals are looking for easy targets – following some preventative measures can help make you and your home a hard target.

About the Author

Katy Korby is the CFO of the Korby Home Team. Her passion is ensuring that our clients have an out-of-this-world experience selling their homes with the Korby Home Team. Katy comes to us with a diverse background and a unique skill set that enhances the client experience. Her attention to detail and care for people make her a wonderful asset to the team. Graduating with a degree in Theater, Katy has performed in numerous plays and most recently starred in a locally produced indie film that is being entered info film festivals around the nation. Katy’s experience in the work world include many positions within the accounting world including tax preparation, bookkeeping, and full-charge accounting. Most recently before joining the Korby Home Team, Katy was the Market Center Administrator for Keller Williams Integrity Realty in Roseville, where she was the full-charge accountant and handled budgeting and forecasting for the company as well as day to day operations and administration of an 80 person real estate office. Katy and her husband have two children, Libby and Calvin, and have lived in Como Park for almost two decades. In 2013, Katy completed the Tough Mudder 10 mile event and is a proud member of the “Finishers” group! For fun, Katy loves reading, photography and gardening and spending time with her family.