Safety Matters - Don't Take Showing Activity For Granted

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Providence Group Realty TREC# 0608931

A sunny 10am showing turned in to a nightmare yesterday when a Florida real estate agent and his married Buyer couple were ambushed while showing a home, leaving the husband dead and a community in shock over the incident. 

Realtor Thomas Dwyer was quoted as saying, "He just came into the house and started firing." Seller, Angela Williams added, "It's disgusting that we have people around like this, waiting to pounce on innocent, hardworking people." Read the full story here. 

Esteemed Colleagues: Please don't take your safety for granted. Realtors and their clients can be easy targets for predators. Expect the best, but plan for the worst, and take simple precautions that can help protect both you and your Buyer clients during showings.

  • Enter with caution - don't assume the house is vacant or unoccupied
  • Lock doors behind you upon entering to help prevent a follow in or uninvited entry
  • Establish your escape routes in case of emergency
  • Never turn your back on a client
  • Never go into closets, bathrooms, or any room that has no escape route
  • Direct (do not lead) guests through the home
  • Keep your cell phone with you at all times
  • Never park where you can get blocked in
  • Make sure to have a clear line of sight to your vehicle
  • Consider personal initiatives for self defense

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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Rainmaker
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Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Amanda, I did not know about that terrible event down in Florida, so thanks for alerting us to be on guard.  I always remove the key from the lock, and lock the door behind me when doing a showing.

This month's REALTOR® magazine has some excellent cell phone APPS that can be used by agents for their safety on a showing.

Feb 26, 2015 10:56 PM #1
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Amanda Thomas
Providence Group Realty - Plano, TX
​Broker, SRES®, BPOR, MCNE, ​Certified DRS Agent™

Bruce Walter , thanks for the tip on APPS - are there any that you particularly use or recommend?

Feb 26, 2015 10:57 PM #2
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
PREA Realty - Laguna Niguel, CA

Thanks for the important safety reminder.  I hadn't heard this sad story of the client having been murdered.  It's just terrible.

Feb 26, 2015 11:20 PM #3
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Sadly, the frequency of these occurrences appear to be on the rise nationwide. The violence of this particular crime should send deep messages through the real estate community. Those who believe that their markets are more safe don't understand the breadth of opportunistic crime. 

Feb 26, 2015 11:21 PM #4
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Amanda Thomas
Providence Group Realty - Plano, TX
​Broker, SRES®, BPOR, MCNE, ​Certified DRS Agent™

Agreed, Jill Murty, Realtor . Kevin J. May your words are so well assembled and pointed. Ignorance is not bliss in our industry.

Feb 26, 2015 11:28 PM #5
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Rob Marken
Bend River Realty - Bend, OR
25+ years experience in Bend

That is horrible what happened. Thank you for sharing these very important safety tips. 

Feb 27, 2015 12:20 AM #6
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