Thieves target Cape Town show houses

2012-10-30 10:39

Cape Town - Criminals posing as potential clients are increasingly targeting show houses in Cape Town, it was reported on Tuesday.

The Institute of Estate Agents SA (IEASA) told the Cape Times that at least eight thefts had been reported in the city bowl, Observatory, Pinelands and Mowbray in the past two months.

IEASA Western Cape manager Dianne Brock said it seemed as if one man was involved in all the crimes.

A potential customer would meet an estate agent and be taken around a show house. The agent would then be distracted by other clients viewing the property and the initial customer would go off on his own.

Only later would it be discovered that small items had been stolen, Brock said.

These items included laptops, tablets, cellphones, jewellery, and iPods.

According to the report, provincial police could not confirm the thefts.

Some realtors had reportedly turned to virtual show houses to avoid this type of crime.

  • ally.oh.7 - 2012-10-30 11:25

    Anyone putting their house on show has the right to have someone on the premises at all times. In fact I'd recommend having someone in every room to keep an eye on things. If potential buyers don't understand the threat, then they can shop for the "virtual" new house by looking at the "virtual" pictures.

  • Jane - 2012-10-30 11:53

    I work for an agency, and it is amazing what people leave lying around when they know their house is on show. Unfortunatly we can not have someone in every room, especially in our market where we are showing 10 or 12 bedroomed homes. Agents should work with a partner and politely ask one person or couple through at a time, wait until the first couple have left before letting the second couple through. it is stupid to let people wander around a house by themself

  • josie.russell.10 - 2012-10-31 07:06

    In SA they should use virtual house tours - too many robberies.

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