Please don't let Beverly Carter's murder become another perishable news story which is quickly forgotten. The real tragedy is that these crimes happen every day and it doesn't have to be a murder to have a lifelong effect on the victim or their families. Assault, robbery, theft, rape and abduction are occurring every minute of every day to all Americans. Varying degrees of these opportunistic crimes are not limited to associates but arise due to the reality that we are often alone in our duties and perceived as an easy target. I say "perceived" because associate victims generally are able to fight off their attackers at a much higher rate than in most attempted crimes against the public. The message to remain aware of surroundings and have a plan in place is getting through thankfully.
Male associates tend to list 12% more homes than female associates. The females also outnumber their male sales counterparts by as much as 68% in some markets and represent 57% of all associates nationwide. Along with gender gaps there are age gaps that make us easier targets too. Only about 15% of us are under 40 while the bulk, no offense intended, are aged roughly 40 to 60 with nearly 35% being older. Our exposure to potential customers and criminals is an unknown entity. Is there a specific ratio we should observe? No, it's all a matter of chance with a small portion of probability thrown in.
Are these unnecessary threats ever going to go away? That answer is best left to the anthropologists although my educated guess is that these crimes against humanity won't come to a halt. Prepare and be aware the best that you can for any given moment. Eliminating or reducing the opportunity for the threat to take hold is our responsibility. Violent crime has fallen over the years however overall crime has not. The concept by some individuals that there is "victimless crime" does not exist! We are all victims and by choosing to ignore it we become its unwitting perpetrators by allowing the existence.
Remember Beverly Carter as not only a REALTOR but as a wife, daughter and mother whose murder opened your eyes to the often harsh World we live in. It can become a better place through our observations and actions. The time to begin is always going to be NOW! Rest in Peace Beverly!