Vacant properties act as a magnet for vandals, arsonists, homeless squatters, and drug addicts. And the last thing you want to happen when showing a property is for the prospective buyer to be spooked by some crack addict passed out cold on the floor. The easiest, quickest, and least expensive way to stop anyone from gaining easy access to a property is to remove or trim all of the trees, shrubs, and plants around door and window openings and make the openings secure. I put half-inch CDX plywood over broken window and door openings the same way that property preservation services board up vacant properties for lenders and insurance companies. This way, law enforcement officers will be able to see when someone is attempting to break into a property in broad daylight. I install a heavy-duty commercial grade Master hasp lock on the main entry door and lock it with the same high-security keyed Master padlock that is used on military installations.
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