Did you know that September is “Realtor Safety Month?” Some of you may wonder why the real estate industry would have a month dedicated to their safety? According to Department of Labor, being a REAL ESTATE AGENT is in the Top 10 High Risk Occupations in America.
In 2013 “120 REALTORS” were either mugged, assaulted, raped and 4 were murdered in the line of duty according to the Department of Labor. We can definitely protect ourselves from this from occurring. Many times as agents we trust what people say but there are times that thinking with our “inner voice” or “gut check” is the best policy when out on the job. Here are some safety tips:
1. When you trust your gut you are acting on an instinct, a feeling that something is wrong. You may be in a vulnerable position such as at a showing alone but there are ways to minimize your risk. For instance, always have someone you trust like another agent or spouse with you at the showing or leave someone detailed information about where you are and when you should return, that way they can call you if they feel like you’ve been gone too long.
2. Defend your right to put safety before politeness. Do not waiver from your safety practices just because someone else thinks they are silly.
3. Always leave your GPS locations on your mobile device. In case something ever serious happens your phone provider can geo-locate your device and hopefully YOU if necessary.
4. With fall and winter approaching do your best to schedule showings before it gets dark outside. If that is not possible, take a flashlight with you or stop by earlier and have lights already turned on.
5. Don’t live in FEAR, but be aware of your surroundings. Listen to your gut, if you are feeling unsettled in any way, do more homework, take a friend or colleague. When in doubt stay out as well.