The Perils Of Our Job....... In Memory Of Beverly Carter

By
Managing Real Estate Broker with Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Have you ever really thought about the perils of being a real estate agent before the horrible death of Beverly Carter? 

This was a senseless and seemingly random act of violence against a woman, who at the time was only doing her job. Too many times we get caught up in striving for a deal and we lose track of our surroundings and the dangers associated with our profession. Beverly Carter's attacker admitted that he targeted her "because she worked alone." Isn't working alone in the field a normal workday for most of us? According to the National Association of Realtors, 57 percent of Realtors are women, and a 2011 report on violent crimes against realtors found that women are disproportionately victimized. Meeting a stranger at a vacant house has always been a routine part of our business. We are all targets.

However, there are some precautions that we can take to ensure our safety while meeting customers or clients in the field. It's time our industry promotes mandatory safety training from within our associations, sponsored by the state issuing our license. Safety awareness education cannot be ignored and needs to be implemented immediately. If we can learn anything from this tragic event, it should be in memory of Beverly Carter. 

Comments (2)

Brian Scharick
Florida Exclusive Living Inc. - Fort Lauderdale Luxury Home Realtor - Fort Lauderdale, FL
South Florida Luxury Home Specialist 954-644-9118

You can't stress safety enough these days.  

Oct 13, 2014 09:19 AM
Anthony (Tony) Piscopio
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Roslyn, NY
Creating Lifestyles For My Clients (TM)

agreed

Oct 13, 2014 09:46 AM