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Foreclosed Property Appliances Tracked by GPS

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By : John Cutts    99 or more times read
Property appliances from foreclosed homes have become easy targets for thieves, with robbers taking advantage of the fact that these houses are mostly vacant. In Las Vegas, Nevada, realtor Zolt Szorenyi has found a way to prevent such theft from happening by attaching GPS devices on the home appliances housed inside the foreclosed properties he is trying to sell.

Szorenyi specializes in buying foreclosed houses, fixing them up and reselling them. The local realtor sells an average of 35 residences every month. He stated that prior to selling off these properties; the main problem is leaving them vacant. The Las Vegas realtor has admitted experiencing more than ten break-ins in foreclosed houses that he had been trying to sell.

Thieves usually take appliances like dishwashers, microwave ovens and refrigerators which could cost between $1,500 and $3,000. Although property crimes have gone down in Las Vegas, theft of items in foreclosed properties is still happening all around the city, local authorities have stated. Other city residents who sell foreclosures have also told stories of their properties being emptied of home appliances by neighborhood thieves.

Metro police have claimed that thieves are tempted to steal property appliances because they are easy to carry and can be taken out of an empty house quickly and without being noticed by the neighbors. Despite declining crime rates, local authorities are giving a lot of attention to robberies involving foreclosed dwellings.

In the case of Szorenyi, he has found a way to prevent these thefts from happening by attaching GPS devices on the appliances inside the homes he is trying to sell. He showed a local news group how a certain Web site, equipped with a GPS system, alerts him if the appliances are being taken out of the property. The site sends an email to alert the owner of the appliances and an automated phone call is also received by the owner.

According to Szorenyi, the service costs him $400 per piece, but he believes that in the long run, he can save more if the appliances are prevented from being stolen. He adds that there is a market for such a system.

The Las Vegas Metro is considering the realtor's technique and has admitted that any method that can help the public would be considered. Owners of foreclosed houses have also been warned to take necessary precautions to minimize the chances of property appliances and other items from being taken by thieves.
John Cutts has been educated in the finer points of the foreclosure market over 5 years.

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