I want to share a story of something that happend to me last week.
On Friday, February 19, 2010, at approximately 12:15 p.m. my cell phone range once and then hung up. I did not recognize the number. About 15 minutes later I received a text message from this same number. This was an extremely graphic picutre of a man's privates (not sure of the politically correct way to address this). Another hour went by and my phone rang again from this same number. One ring and they hung up.
I was so disturbed by these calls and messages that I immediately headed straight home and called my husband. He insisted that I go to the police that day. He came home early and we went to the police station. After some investigating it was discovered that the person who was calling me and sent that message has done this type of thing in the past.
The police, along with this guys probation officer went to his home that evening and arrested him. Apparently he has a long history of fixating on female realtors and trying to lure them to his house. Oftentimes asking them, if they have small children to bring them along. Upon their arrival to his home it was found that he had a magazine opened up to my page with my picture right there. It was further discovered that he had my cell phone number saved in his cell phone.
Upon further investigation, it was determined that this deeply disturbed man was a convicted sex offender, on the sex offender registry. He also had a history for molesting a 5 year old girl. In performing my own reserch on him, I discovered that he lives at home with his parents on a farm. On a farm, that I'm told is frequented by school children on field trips. How can this even be? How can children be allowed on this property if there is a convicted sex offender living there. Whether or not he "remains in the house during these tours", I'm sure that if any parent of these children knew he was there, they would not be okay with their children being anywhere on that property.
Needless to say at this point, it is uncertain what will happen, whether or not he will be imprisioned or free to roam the streets yet again.
Ladies and gentlemen, I implore you to use protective measures and I also caution the new "desperate" for a commission agents to not risk your safety for a commission.
I would also like to know what measures you use to keep yourself safe in this dangerous industry?