Staying Safe on the Job
Crimes against real estate agents may be rare, but you still need to be prepared for potential risks. Here are four tips to help you protect yourself during showings.
- Meet clients ahead of time.
Invite new clients to meet you at your office or in a public place before taking them on a showing. Getting to know them in a safe environment can help you assess whether you feel safe around them.
- Leave yourself an escape route.
If you’re meeting a new client at a showing and you arrive first, park on the street instead of in the driveway so you can’t be blocked in. Keep your car key in your hand instead of a pocket or purse so it’s ready if you need it in a hurry.
- Personal safety? There’s an app for that.
A number of different personal safety apps are available for iOS and Android that can track your location and instantly alert authorities and colleagues if you’re in danger. Remember to keep your phone out and unlocked during showings, just in case.
- Tell colleagues where you’re going.
Before you head out to a showing, make sure someone in your office knows where you are going, when you’ll be back, and whom to contact if there’s an emergency.
American Home Shield is providing the information for general guidance only. Due to the general nature of the property maintenance and improvement advice in this material, neither American Home Shield Corporation, nor its licensed subsidiaries assumes any responsibility for any loss or damage which may be suffered by the use of this information.
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