A Sotheby's International real estate agent in Santa Fe was attacked and abducted at gunpoint yesterday and made to withdraw money from her bank account prior to getting away from the perpetrator. The woman who committed the attack got away, but the FBI has a notice that the CEO/BIC of Sotheby's (Denise M. Keron) will be receiving details of the incident and how the perpetrator operated. They asked to distribute this alert nationally.
1. Let someone in your home or office know your showing schedule and Buyer's contact information if possible. Otherwise, you can leave that information on your showing service schedule (online) or a simple note on your desk will do.
2. Keep a personal alarm (or pepper spray or other defense mechanism) in your car in the event that you are asked to drive somewhere against your will.
3. When showing a home to a 'new' Buyer whom you have just met, always face the client and never lead them upstairs--always follow.
4. ALWAYS carry your cell phone and car keys on your person when showing homes in the event you need to make a quick exit.
If you have other tips, please add to our community for a refresher for those of us who take our safety for granted! Also, if you live in the NM area, and have any information on the above mentioned perpetrator, please contact the FBI.