Realtor® Safety, Small Actions Can Enhance Safety You can take simple steps to protect yourself. Realtor® safety concerns is all anyone can talk about in real estate circles. As it should be! Of course we have all heard of the terrible tragic death of Beverly Carter in Arkansas. Sadly, there have been other instances of violence against agents too. Clearly we, as a group, have not taken our safety as seriously as we should. Hearing about these stories of local agents just doing their job makes an impact. It’s important for agents, male or female to really start thinking about what they can do to ensure their safety.
There are many small things that we can put into practice immediately. Here are a few simple steps to take to enhance safety and security. Distractions are everywhere, try to minimize them so you can stay in control. * Never work open houses alone. This is important for not only the safety of the agent, but the protection of the home as well. One agent can’t be both upstairs and down stairs at the same time. A distracted agent is also at risk of ignoring a potential threat. * Always close and lock the door behind you of a home you’re showing to make sure you’re not followed inside. * Never meet a new client at a vacant home or at night. * Take a picture of all new clients’ driver’s licenses. Text this to an agent on your team or family/friend and let them know when they should hear from you. * Keep the “location” option on your phone active when showing so law enforcement can locate it in the case of emergency. * “Check in” on your private Facebook page periodically during showings. When you pass a Starbucks or McDonalds, check in and you create a virtual pathway of your movements. * Bring a male colleague along anytime you feel uncomfortable….use your instincts! * Carry a small air horn in your pocket. Small size, VERY LOUD. Keep it in a jacket pocket…just in case. * Consider more serious protection such as mace, pepper spray or perhaps even a gun or taser. Stay connected via check-in’s, texts or tweets before, during and after a showing. Be careful that you remain aware of the situation at all times while doing this.
Simple steps can make all the difference. Instincts! They can save your life, it’s important to pay attention and not sluff them off as just being “silly.” Realtors® put themselves in situations each day that could be tragic. There are simple steps you can take to minimize this risk. Consider carefully the options available and don’t use embarrassment as an excuse to put yourself in danger.
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