Forget pepper spray....use your smartphone as your weapon! reblog

Reblogger Susan Emo
Real Estate Agent with Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage

Gananoque, On

I am always looking for new safety tools and procedures and this one is fantastic!  It isn't just for Realtors either.  If you're in a job that places you in front of strangers day in and day out, this might be just what you need!  Thanks Pacita for sharing this with us!

Susan Emo

Original content by Pacita Dimacali BRE 01367196

Ladies and gentlemen, choose your weapon

In case you missed it, here's a fabulous article from the July 2011 issue of REALTOR Magazine:

"Feeling threatened? How to use your smartphone as a weapon."

We've all had moments of discomfort before...the dangers are very real. So in addition to using our head, there are apps that are recommended.


This app asks your phone at predetermined times "Are you OK?" If 2 questions are not answered, the app will automatically contact people you designate. And then its GPS feature provided via your smartphone will provide your location.

Features include: 

  • Tracking tool to reveal your location to certain contacts
  • Alert tool to automatically alert your selected contacts if you need help

Real Alert --- a brainchild of a REALTOR working with developers.

For iPhone:
For Android:

With this app, you can quickly alert your emergency contacts (program ICE as "In Case of Emergency" ) or police when you feel you are in danger. The app also features 

  • Quick tap button to alert your emergency contacts wor 911 hen you need help.
  • Record "creep data," to detail physical descriptions, vehicle information, and other important information for police. You can also record audio details or even take a photo.
  • Retrieve the location of nearby hospitals by using your GPS location.
  • Sound an alarm to ward off potential attackers. (The volume will depend on the sound setting on your phone.)
  • Turn your smartphone into a flashlight.

Safe Trec http://safetrec.

Press a panic button to instantly alert others you need help. Email and text messages are sent to your emergency contacts and provides your location using your phone's GPS



Take a photo of the suspicious person and have it emailed instantly to your emergency contacts, along with your location. The suspect perp won't even know it. You can pretend to make a call but tilt the phone toward the person to take a photo which is taken without a click sound.


There are free versions. And the ones that charge a fee are so inexpensive. And even if these were pricey...

We're worth it!



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Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas

What great information Susan.  This would be good for anyone, including your kids.  Thanks again !

Jul 20, 2011 06:14 AM #1
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I've always figured I could just through the phone at them.  If it doesn't hurt them they may become overwhelmed playing Angry Birds and I can sneak away.

Jul 20, 2011 06:19 AM #2
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

It would be great for kids too Mary!

Jul 20, 2011 07:16 AM #3
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

LOL Gene -  Angry Birds will do it for sure!

Jul 20, 2011 07:16 AM #4
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Susan, great advice, I never heard of all of these. Gotta tell the kids.

Jul 20, 2011 02:19 PM #5
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hey girl,  I am passing this on to lots of my friends.  Have a great day.

Jul 21, 2011 02:24 AM #6
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Hi Ellen -  you could have used this app yesterday when you were 'trapped' at the beautiful home with a view!!!

Jul 21, 2011 02:56 AM #7
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Will -  I've had some great responses from 'the public'  on this post.  It seems we're all a bit concerned about safety these days!  You're a good man for passing it along.  Thanks.

Jul 21, 2011 02:57 AM #8
Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker


I wasn't aware of this so thanks for the information. Safety is a very important aspect of the business.


Jul 21, 2011 03:45 AM #9
Lydie Ouellet Dickinson
Realty Executives Tri County, Bellingham MA - Bellingham, MA

Susan, great info! I use my "Supra" remote (electronic key). It has an unidentify panic button on it. But as Brian just wrote: Safety is very important. Take all precautions!

Jul 21, 2011 07:49 AM #10
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