Safety Tips for Realtors!
Here Are Seven Safety Tips for Realtors to Keep in mind.
1.Leaving your belongings unattended at an open house. You’re going to be distracted while helping potential buyers at an open house, which provides the perfect window of opportunity for thieves.
2. Relying on your cell phone in case of emergency while showing rural properties. Cell service is often shoddy or nonexistent in sparsely populated, secluded areas. Consider bringing electronic cell boosters to increase signal strength, and have a check-in buddy who knows the address where you are and can arrange to send law enforcement if you fail to check in at a predetermined time.
3. Only working the “good” part of town. If you sell primarily in upscale neighborhoods with high-income residents, you can be lulled into a false sense of security. Criminals often target upscale areas because of the potential payday in high-value items.
4. Using shared technology carelessly. Sharing office computers, for example, can put your clients’ information at risk if you forget to log out.
5. Thinking daytime showings are safer than nighttime showings. Many realtors believe nighttime showings require more safety precautions, so planning an escape route is important in case of emergency.
6. Dismissing suspicious incidents that don’t result in an attack. Even if someone behaving suspiciously doesn’t harm you, it’s possible that they are testing their method before launching an attack. Most importantly, don’t ignore uncomfortable situations in the field; report them to your association leaders.
7. Not having emergency roadside equipment. You spend much of your day in the car, but do you have the tools you need in case your vehicle breaks down? Also, roadside emergency assistance is highly recommended.
When previewing homes or holding open houses in remote mountain towns, it is important to think of scenarios that might require you to call 911.