Following are ten ways Realtors can stay safe in their day-to-day business, courtesy of the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors. According to the National Association of Realtors, 67% of Realtors reported having a safety concern, incident or harassing situation and so it's nice to have a reminder of what we can do to stay safe.
1). Keep your (charged) cell phone and keys with you at all times
2). Work with your co-workers and come up with a code phrase that alerts them when you are in an uncomfortable situation
3). Give someone your schedule, so they know where you are at all times
4). When at an open house, let your customer enter a room first while you stay by the door
5). Upon entering a house for the first time, check all rooms and determine several “escape” routes
6). Meet all new clients at the office when others are there
7). Verify the identity of all new clients; ask for work, home, and cell phone numbers and try to contact them at one or more of the numbers
8). Get a copy of every new client’s driver’s license
9). Don’t assume that women are safer clients – they can often be working with a partner
10). Don’t advertise a listing as vacant
From MIBOR, the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors and NAR, the National Association of Realtors.