Younever realize how quickly something can happen till it happens closeto home. Today I found out that one of the female agents on my teamhad an incident over the weekend showing a home, this man decided itwas OK to put his hands from behind around her waist! WRONG! No manshould touch a woman (an agent or other wise)without being invited,especially in that way. I decided to reach out to all females thatread my blog so that I can help put awareness out there, it is not aperfect world unfortunately and we always need to be aware of oursurroundings! I found several articles that have a few pointers thatit never hurts to have in your arsenal.
Iwas always told through out life it is better to be safe thansorry...even if you can't go take a self defense class, please try tokeep these pointers in your mind when out in public, even practicethem to be prepared. There are many sites like the ones listed belowthat help give you ideas on how to help protect yourself in yoursurroundings:
There are many things you can doand I wanted to list just a few even though they are geared to afemale agent if you stop and think they are good for dates, and anysituation for a female:
Understandingwhat you look like to a criminal is paramount. Real estate agentsare the ultimate soft target (easy opportunity). You can becalled by anyone, at any time and requested to meet in person,generally alone and in an empty property. They know what you looklike already and thanks to social media they can quickly find out agreat deal about you in advance. Do you look wealthy, weak or wear alot of jewelry? This gives a criminal a chance to profile you foradded value.
Avoidthinking they will call 911 or download a safety app on their smartphone. No matter what you do, you will have to physically deal withan attacker for 5 to 15 minutes while the police are dispatched. This is assuming you have accomplished the incredibly difficult taskof call 911 under the stress of a life threatening attack. Wehave tested the action of calling 911 under stress and it takes anaverage of 50 feet to get the phone out and to hit three buttons.
Employsmoke and mirrors with potential clients you feel uneasy about. What does that mean? Let’s say you are called to a property, it’slate in the evening, you’re alone and it’s empty. Let theprospect know when you and “your partner” will arrive. Perception is reality and if this was a criminal you’ve just putthem on notice that you’re not alone. In a criminals world thischanges everything. Clearly the best option is to actuallytravel with a partner.
Makeit a good practice to tell everyone that your boss or partner willbe meeting you here any minute if you are unfortunately unable totravel with a partner. Whether it’s true or not it creates avaluable safety hurdle for you.
Alwaysinsist that your client walks in first, you should also arrive earlyto unlock the door. Always step aside and allow the client to go infirst. Many people are attacked near doors in buildings and by carsbecause criminals know you will be pre-occupied with the lock. Youwill be fumbling with your keys and your head will be down, it getseven worse if you’re on the phone. If you walk in front of someoneit’s easy for your would-be assailant to lock the door and proceedwith the attack. This is common in active shooter situations, thegun man will often lock the door behind them before they start.
Askyour client to stand at the back of their own vehicle and with yoursmart phone take a picture of the client including their vehicle andlicense plate in the photo. Let them know its policy that you dothis and that you must to send it to your boss/office so they knowwhere you are at and who you are with. When sending the photo toyour trusted contact be sure to keep your client in sight as to notdistract yourself in the process. By taking this picture andsending it off you have told this person that everyone will withouta doubt, know who you are with. If it’s a criminal with badintention it almost guarantees that they will not get away with whatthey planned to do. They can find another victim that gives them achance of getting away with it, you’re not the one. It isadvised to alert the client of this policy prior to arrival at theproperty and mention the latest attack involving real estate agents.It's also important to remember, good people will not mind you doingthis as they have no premeditated intent (plan).Or ask for their ID so that youcan send your broker a copy to keep as it is policy.
EveryReal estate agent should learn anti-abduction techniques. Thepossibility of kid napping using the agents’ vehicle is not onlyviable but likely. Your car arrives at the location stocked full ofuseful property a criminal may need including transportation, creditcards and/or cash. If the criminal plans on transporting you to adifferent location our life saving anti-abduction techniques aresecond to none.
Keepit light, Showproperties before dark. If you are going to be working after hours,advise your associate or first-line supervisor of your schedule. Ifyou must show a property after dark, turn on all lights as you gothrough, and don't lower any shades or draw curtains or blinds.
Alwayslet someone know where you are going and when you will be back;leave the name and phone number of the client you are meeting andschedule a time for your office to call you to check in.
Tellyour clients not to show their home by themselves. Alert them thatnot all agents, buyers and sellers are who they say they are.Predators come in all shapes and sizes. We tell our children not totalk to strangers. Tell your sellers not to talk to other agents orbuyers, and to refer all inquiries to you.
Alwayswear visible company identification such as a badge. It is also bestto drive a vehicle clearly marked with your company name. These willbe invaluable for identification if you need to get assistance.
Thereis so many tips out there that I could write page after page to helpyou be more aware, my best advice is to learn how to defend you asyou are number one. Please keep your eyes open think about yoursurroundings and be vigilant.
Blogsubmitted by: Cyndi Cobb of The Real Estate Market Place –Servicing the Greater Fort Hood and surrounding areas which includes:Killeen, Harker Heights, Temple, Belton, Copperas Cove, Lampasas,Kempner, and Nolanville. Feel free to call if you have any questionsregarding Central Texas Real Estate.
Author:Cyndi Cobb Phone: 512-564-0381 Dated: September 1st 2016 Views: 599 About Cyndi: ...
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