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Crime Prevention Safety Tips for Real Estate Agents

The Real Estate Professional has a risky job. Meeting strangers in vacant homes on a daily basis can certainly increase your chances of becoming a victim of a crime. 

Because of the high number of violent attacks in the real estate profession, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) has made safety and security programs available to members throughout the U.S. You can find those programs here.

Additionally, attending a self-defense class or a realtor safety awareness training can be a reminder of things to be aware of when meeting with new clients. 

Criminals may view real estate professionals as “easy prey.” Women in particular often meet with male prospects alone in vacant homes. It is up to each agent to be proactive and have a safety plan. That begins with being aware or your surroundings and listening to your instincts if something doesn’t feel quite right.


Courtesy of Showcase Realty LLC

Crime Prevention Safety Tips for Real Estate Agents

Take a self-defense class
• Look for entry & exit doors when showing homes.
• Have another person host an open house with you.
• Dress conservatively, no flashy jewelry.
• Always carry a fully charged cell phone.
• Meet first time prospects at your office. 
 Meet prospects at homes, drive separately. 
• Let prospects explore home by themselves – keep some distance.
• Don’t go into confined areas with prospects - keep your back closest to the exit.
• Avoid showing a property alone at night.
• Set up a coded distress signals that can be sent to your office.
• Carry personal protection like Lipstick Pepper Spray, Mace Spray, Personal Alarm, TASER, or Stun Gun

Because of the risky nature of this profession your personal safety and security should be a top priority. 

Carry Personal Protection To Reduce Your Risk Of Being A Crime Victim 

A violent situation can happen anywhere, especially in an deserted location. If the potential client intends to attack you – knowing self-defense techniques and carrying personal protection like pepper/mace spray, a personal alarm, or a stun gun may save your life. These non-lethal devices can easily fit into your pocket, on your key chain, or in your purse. 

Below are our recommended self-defense products found in The Personal Security Store

 

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