Agent Safety Awareness Month & Beverly Carter Who Tried to Do It Right

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Agent Safety Awareness Month &
Beverly Carter Who Tried to Do It Right

Each year September is Agent Safety Awareness Month. Real Estate agent Beverly Carter - Who Tried to Do It Right - followed Agent Safety Awareness precautions and called her husband to give the address where she was going to show a vacant property still encountered danger. 

Unfortunately, for her and her family and friends, Beverly's body was found during the night on September 30, 2014. Sad to say, she was targeted because she was an agent.   The now convicted murderer, A. Lewis, targeted her because she worked on her own.

When a Real Estate Professional, Agent, Broker, Appraiser, Surveyor, or Home Inspector leaves to meet a prospective Client out of the office or to show a property, AGENT SAFETY AWARENESS is a primary factor to consider.

In REALTOR® magazine, all year long, we are provided with Safety Suggestion articles. Some of those articles include steps to take to ensure one's safety. Here are links for your convenience. 

In addition, we may review the REALTOR® Safety Month Resource Page.

 

 

Let's remember that Beverly Carter - Who Tried to Do It Right lost her life this week. Protect yourself and protect those in your office by following the AGENT SAFETY AWARENESS guidelines at all times.

 

 

Some details from REALTOR®: "The last anyone has heard from Carter was Thursday, when she phoned her husband to tell him the address of where she’d be. She was meeting an unidentified prospective buyer at a vacant bank-owned property around 5:30 p.m. She was to show two other properties that day but never made it to the other appointments.

Carl Carter later reported his wife missing on Thursday, after not hearing from her for several hours. He'd also gone to the address she'd provided him and found her brown Cadillac still parked outside, with her purse inside. The door to the residence was left open, but she was not inside."

In Beverly's memory - please be careful out there! Bring yourself home to your family each day!

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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning Lynn B. Friedman agents need to carry pepper spray....they can clip it to their car keys and keep it in a pocket....

Sep 29, 2014 10:46 PM #1
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Such a painful way for us all to remember that safety comes first....and we need to think of it in every way possible.

Sep 29, 2014 10:49 PM #2
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Ginny Gorman
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Lynn, this is a sad event but I will disagree with you.  Having been in similar situations...YOU NEVER go alone when you don't know the client and to an empty house.  No matter what.

Sep 29, 2014 10:56 PM #3
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Barbara Todaro Yes, but identifying the person by having them show ID is still important whether one has spray or other safety devides.

Sep 29, 2014 11:02 PM #4
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson Yes, very sad indeed. The best way to honor her memory and those of other agents is to take safety precautions at all times.

Sep 29, 2014 11:03 PM #5
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Ginny Gorman Yes, you are right - "YOU NEVER go alone when you don't know the client and to an empty house.  No matter what."  We should remember that no commission is worth our life or even being injured. You are so right.

Sep 29, 2014 11:08 PM #6
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Tiffany Sniezek
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So saddened to wake to this news this morning. I have been checking for updates and had prayed for a different end to this story. A sad reminder that we really do need to put our safety first always.  Even when you think you  are doing everything right, things can still happen. She took more precautions than some take  but  hopefully we will all stop and remember to be as safe as possible and other safety steps that can be taken. Thank you for sharing! #rememberbeverly #rememberrealtorsafetyfirst

Sep 29, 2014 11:12 PM #7
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Tiffany Sniezek Thanks for stopping by and commenting. As you say - "we really do need to put our safety first always."  We cannot let the excitement of a possible sale supercede our precautions.

Sep 29, 2014 11:15 PM #8
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Lynn, you are so right, and it's incredibly sad that people cannot be trusted.  Precautions should always be taken and we need to keep in mind that there are bad people out there.

Sep 30, 2014 01:56 AM #9
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Jeanne Dufort
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Very sad for her and her family. Random acts of violence are part of life.  We all need reminders to use good safety practices.

Sep 30, 2014 04:02 AM #10
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John Meussner Actually, as I mentioned in my post, these same precautions apply to our wonderful appraisers inspectors and of course, lenders such as yourself.

Thanks for stopping by and have a happy day -
Lynn

Sep 30, 2014 07:36 AM #11
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Jeanne Dufort Yes, not only reminders but the intent to follow safety guidelines and not forget them.

I appreciate your stopping by and hope to meet you one day at an AR MeetUp in Atlanta. It's about an hour as you know, so it would take intention! However, I once drove to Lake Sinclair to one of our Tammy Lankford 's MeetUps. Maybe we might meet when she does one again!

Have a happy day -
Lynn

Sep 30, 2014 07:40 AM #12
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LOL Lynn B. Friedman  - my inlaws live in Alpharetta, so I find myself driving through town nearly every weekend!  But once you've escaped to the quiet side, its hard to wander into the land of traffic...  Hope we meet up soon.

Sep 30, 2014 07:47 AM #13
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Mark Guagliardo
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Think-Act-Be SAFE (TABS)
Keep "Tabs" on your fellow agents!

 

Never show ANY homes to someone you have not pre-qualified and identified, Know WHO they are first, and even then have agents check-in during showings.

Would you meet a stranger from a phone call in an empty house alone?

You wouldn't do that in your personal life, DO NOT DO IT IN BUSINESS!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ThinkActBeSafe

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