Property Manager Safety Tips

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 Property Manager Safety Tips

Property Manager Safety Tips

 

     With the death of Arkansas Realtor Beverly Carter still fresh in the minds of many, Realtor safety remains a timely issue.  While property managers and sales-type Realtors have a number of things in common, perhaps the biggest difference between us lies in the sheer volume of prospects we may encounter on any given day.  The more we encounter, the greater the chance of danger- and in light of my having had 20-showing days in the past, I’d like to offer a few tips that might serve to keep you and others a bit safer:

 

-          Know your prospects.  Dealing with a greater number of prospects than sales-type Realtors as a rule, the ideal scenario of meeting each prospect at your office could very well prove impractical.  That said, you can have the prospects text you a photo of their driver’s license- and you should document as much about them as possible (phone numbers, specific property they will be viewing, etc.).

 

-          Know your property.  Do your best to arrive at a property a few minutes ahead of time- especially in cases where you’re visiting a place for the first time.  Make a trip through the property- familiarizing yourself with all of the doors and ways you can exit the property if need be, and turning on all of the lights.  A well-lit property will tend to draw the eye of neighbors and also be a bit of a deterrent to folks who might seek to do you harm.

 

-          Know the area around your property.  As you approach a property, make a few mental notes about the surrounding homes- and take special care in cases where the property backs up to woods or sits on a cul-de-sac.  Woods may provide a bit of cover for bad guys- and a cul-de-sac is all but a dead-end road when you’re needing to flee from a dangerous situation.  Make a point not to park in the driveway: it’s great to leave that for your prospects as a rule, but also prevents someone from blocking you in and preventing you from leaving.

 

-          Tell others about your showing(s).  In gated/guarded communities, speak with the guard as you enter and let them know you’re showing a property to a prospect.  Give them an idea of how long it should take you to show the place- and don’t be afraid to have them check on you if they haven’t seen you leave the community within a certain time frame.

 

-          Document your showings in an online calendar that’s accessible to others- whether that be an assistant, colleagues, friends or relatives.  Ensure it’s as accurate as possible- so others will be able to discern when you’re running late and when it might be prudent to check up on you.

 

-          Consider carrying a gun and/or taking a self-defense course.  If you comply with applicable state laws regarding Concealed Carry Permits and licensure and get the requisite firearms training, carrying a handgun may provide you with an increased sense of security.  If uncomfortable with guns, you might consider carrying some sort of chemical spray or enrolling in a self-defense course that teaches you a few defensive maneuvers!

 

The most important thing to remember here is this:  you.  While law enforcement agencies do a fine job, we must remember that their actions are reactive once a crime's occurred.  You must be proactive and do your part in preparing to keep yourself safe ahead of your showings- and you’ll stand a much better chance of arriving home safe and sound at the end of each day.

 

Property Manager Safety Tips

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DENNIS B. BURGESS
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Dennis - you have outlined some very good points.  Following these points will increase the odds against any faul play

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Hi, Grant:  Thank you for dropping by, and for your comment and kind words.  As history has shown us, there are surely going to be times when no degree of preparedness will be enough- but the more we can do toward those efforts the better.

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Thanks for the tips Dennis, keeping our property managers safe is always a high priority.

 

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There have been almost 200 Realtors murdered, and many times that assaulted since 2008 and the real estate industry, as a whole, has failed to develop an effective safety protocol during this deadly time period. Every time this life and death issue comes to the forefront the Realtor community is again led to failed measures like weapons and fighting techniques for protection. I know of no incidents on record where an everyday female Realtor has stopped a criminal attack by using force. These attackers are hardened criminals who render their victims helpless with the initial strike. Julie Roberts, a Florida Realtor recently testified about the attack she endured. With the first blow the criminal knocked her across the room and completely out of her shoes. This is typical in this type of attack. These obsolete techniques are simply not the solution, and most Realtors realize this.
 
So how do we stop these criminals and the harm they are inflicting on Realtors? There are 2 parts to this answer:
Part 1- By utilizing new, proactive technology that stops these attacks BEFORE they occur.
Part 2- By having in place a superior Emergency Response Plan that protects Realtors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
 
The link below is an informational video to new, Skype based technology that has just been released for Realtor protection. This is the first elite, crime prevention protocol ever developed for the Realtor community. Also, the Emergency Response Plan in this system is state-of-the-art and far superior to any response plan that is currently being used. 
 
This system is substantially safer than any system being used by Realtors today. It is much more convenient for clients and Realtors than “out of the way” safety trips to the office and the other procedures that have been implemented of late. Clients will also have far less of an issue with using this system than handing over their driver’s license to be copied. We must remember, driver’s license fraud is a major problem in today’s society.
 
Right now is the time for the Realtor community to take advantage of intelligence and modern technology and stop these attacks before they happen. In today’s digital society our gains come from the use of advanced technology and this situation is no different. This is just another example of new technology that has never been seen before, that’s what makes it so great; embrace the new and utilize it. This technology is the real method of defeating these criminals, and it absolutely works.
 
On this website is a link titled Partner with Police that shows how a small team of 3 Realtors can immediately implement this protocol in any community or city. Establish REAL safety in your community by being a leader in implementing this protocol and providing Realtors and their clients with the level of protection and convenience that they deserve. If you have any questions about this protocol or Realtor safety in general, feel free to call.
 
Mack Galphin
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