Real Estate Safety Council


22 PAGE PERSONAL SAFETY GUIDE

You can download the Washington Real Estate Safety Council guide to personal safety in a .pdf format here.  You can request a copy via email at commet@warealtor.org


Real Estate Safety Council Guide

ASK PROSPECT TO STOP BY YOUR OFFICE
and complete the personal ID form before going to the property.  This should be obtained openly and in the presence of an associate.  Retain information at the office; knowing that a name and address are known may discourage an assailant.

INTRODUCE THE PROSPECT TO SOMEONE IN YOUR OFFICE
, a would-be assailant doesn't like to be notice or be exposed knowing a person could pick him out of a lineup.

USE AN EMERGENCY CODE WORD...If you know you're in a dangerous situation - call associate or office with a preassigned emergency code word. (Ex: "We are on CODE RED avenue" or "Look in the RED FILE.")  Whoever receives the emergency code word should send help immediately and remove the agent from the situation.

USE YOUR OWN CAR...to show property.  The prospect could have a concealed weapon or another assailant in their vehicle.

LAW ENFORCEMENT RECOMMENDS...Don't try to talk you way out of a situation.  If you are assaulted, scream!  It's found that by screaming "FIRE" people sometimes respond more quickly than screaming "HELP."




CALL THE POLICE WHEN:

  • Anytime you're suspicious about a prospect.

  • You feel uncomfortable about showing a house to a prospect.

  • You feel suspicious about a person after you have shown a house.

  • You have been assaulted in any way. (Ex: robbed, raped, or mugged)

SAFEGUARD YOUR OFFICE

Keep windows and counters clear.  Robbers and attackers work in private and law enforcement needs to see in.  Play a T.V. or radio fairly loud in a room when you're alone in the office.   May sure all unused doors and windows are secure, especially if they're in the rear of the office or out of view and ear shot.

OPEN HOUSE PRECAUTIONS

  • First time entering a house, check all rooms and plan several "escape" routes.

  • Make sure deadbolt locks are unlocked to facilitate a faster escape.

  • If escaping by back door, make sure backyard is easy to escape.  Frequently, high fences surround yards that contain swimming pools or hot tubs.

  • Place your business card, with date and time on back, in a kitchen cupboard.  Note on it if you were the first to arrive or if clients were waiting.

  • When prospects begin to arrive, write down description of their vehicle.

  • When showing the house, walk behind the prospect always.  Direct them, not lead them.  Say, for example, "the bathroom is on your right," and gesture for them to go ahead of you.

  • Don't become preoccupied with viewing the home and watch what the prospects are doing at at all times.

  • Notify someone in your office, your answering service, a friend or family member that you'll call in every hour on the hour and if you don't call, they are to notify law enforcement immediately.

  • Inform a neighbor that you'll be showing the house and ask to keep an ear open for anything unusual.

  • Have someone stay with you. (A friend, a relative, or someone from your office)

 

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