It's only been a couple of weeks or so since agent Beverly Carter was attacked and murdered when she met someone at an vacant home. Realtor safety is on eveyone's mind lately. This latest assault took place in Glen Allen VA at a model home. Note that this model home is in a neighborhood with houses all around it, so agents can never assume they are safe in a vacant home no matter how many other homes are nearby. This incident is just another reminder for agents to constantly be on alert. I'm beginning to think that these ladies hired to sell new home construction should always work in pairs, and consider setting up some type of sales booth in the front yard visible to neighbors and passing traffic where people must sign in before touring vacant model homes. Safety measures need to be reviewed on a regular basis. If you have to, arm yourself with whatever type of weapon you feel comfortable with using. Gun, knife, mace, pepper spray, taser, whistle, etc. Even a can of Raid wasp and hornet spray that sprays a stream 20' can be used to spray an attacker in the eyes. Throw something through a front window if possible to attract attention of neighbors. Park your car close enough so you can activate your car alarm from inside the house if you feel like you're in trouble, but never park where you can be blocked in by another car.
You get the picture, know ahead of time how you're going to react if you find yourself in trouble inside of a vacant house, or even out on a vacant lot somewhere.
Jeff Pearl / Lic in VA
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