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Florida Sheriff claims SecureView could stop squatters

February 27, 2013

Squatters are a continuing problem with little solution. But after HousingWire published a blog on SecureView, the Cleveland company started to get some attention.

For example in Florida — where a 23-year-old man was recently found using “his” $2.5 million mansion not only to live in, but also to entertain his friends — is one of the states dealing with squatters the most. He simply found a mansion obviously vacant, and occupied it.

In Pompano Beach, Fla., where SecureView launched their pilot, a local sheriff, who asked to remain nameless, said that would not happen with SecureView. 

Howard Wedren, president of SecureView said: “One of the biggest benefits for fire and police or first responders is that they can actually see in, so they have a line of sight.” But it's hard for squatters to gain access and, if they do, neighbors can tell that they don't belong.

One specific abandoned property in Chicago in a high value neighborhood received offers higher than the asking price after the window covers were installed, at least that is what SecureView would have you believe. 

So if the SecureView idea starts to take off, remember you heard it on HousingWire first!

mhopkins@housingwire.com

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