Realtor Safety - Be Careful Out There - 3

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I like to post and re-post Realtor Safety tips during Realtor Safety Month each year. You can never be too careful out there. Please read and use the following information. 

Early in this series, I talked about dealing with an assailant face to face. In this blog, I'd like to talk about safety related to your car. A car presents a number of issues, but all of them are easy to overcome with a little situational awareness.

We need our cars. They're fun. They take us to work, school, shopping and just about anywhere we need to go, but how do you stay safe while using your car? 

  • Always park in a well lit area. That sounds like common sense, but sometimes, parking closer to a destination is not always well lit, and people tend to want that parking space right next to their venue.
  • Never walk to your car with your nose stuck to your cellphone. As you leave a building, immediately assess the area from a distance, and then proceed.
  • If you have pepper spray, keep it in your hand until you have reached your car and have entered it. 
  • If you see someone loitering near your car, don't go to it until you're sure the person is not a threat. Assess the person, and make a judgment on whether you feel safe or not. Don't worry about profiling. It's your safety. If you're shopping and feel unsafe, go back inside the store and ask for an escort to your car. 
  • Use the panic button on your car keys or phone to set off your alarm if you feel or are threatened. You want to draw as much attention to your situation as possible.
  • When you arrive at your car, whether at home or away from home, don't enter the car until you have looked through the windows to make sure no one is crouching in the back seat (even if it's parked in your garage). A small key-chain flashlight can help you see inside before entering the car. 
  • Once you've reached your car and have checked it inside, unlock the door, get in, close the door and immediately lock the doors. You have just gained a few seconds in the event someone tries to open a door.
  • When you exit your car, lock your doors from the button on the door. Thieves have sophisticated receivers that can capture your signal, and they can use it to unlock your doors once you've left the area. They may only want to steal your identity from documents, such as your registration or insurance cards in the glove box. Regardless, it's an easy fix.
  • When fueling your car while you're alone, keep the doors on the other side of the vehicle locked. A more recent crime has been for a thief to sneak up next to a car being fueled and slip open the opposing door and grab a pocketbook or other valuables. 
  • Always keep your gas tank above half a tank, and make sure your car is in good running condition. You don't want to breakdown in some unpredictable place. If you do, stay inside and keep the doors locked, call someone or a tow truck immediately. Keep the local police non-emergency number in your phone. If you feel uncomfortable, call them and ask if an officer is in the area who might stop by while you wait for help. They won't mind.
  • Never park so that you can be blocked in. It's best to park so that you can pull out rather than back out. Seconds lost can be costly.
  • When driving, always use an outside lane. If there are three lanes, stay right or left. If you are in a center lane, you can be blocked in. It's not always possible to avoid the center lane, but be aware of what's around you. 
  • Always leave enough room in front of you to turn out and away from the driver ahead. The CIA shooter was able to shoot so many victims because they were bumper to bumper waiting for a stop light. Give yourself room. 
  • If you think someone is following you, stay in well lit areas and drive to the nearest police station if you know where it is. If not, call someone, tell them where you are and travel to a well-lit crowded area. It's always better to be safe than sorry.

Always pay attention. These things become habits over time and you won't even notice that you're doing them. You are responsible for your safety. Take it seriously, and be safe out there. 


You may also enjoy these Realtor Safety blogs:

Realtor Safety - Be careful out there - 1

Realtor Safety - Be careful out there - 2


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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Another list of great tips, Mike... and yet, how many poeple do you see in public (not just agents) who ignore most of the safety rules.

Sep 06, 2018 04:36 AM #1
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Another good repost. You just reminded me of a few things I should be doing on a regular basis. I'll start today!

Sep 06, 2018 04:47 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Mike. This is in my view your best safety blog ever. So mant things here I never thought about.

Sep 06, 2018 04:59 AM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Those are all excellent suggestions, Mike.  I especially like this one:

  • Use the panic button on your car keys or phone to set off your alarm if you feel or are threatened. You want to draw as much attention to your situation as possible.
Sep 06, 2018 05:55 AM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Mike, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Sep 06, 2018 05:56 AM #5
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Mike  - those are really good tips. Even if you follow half you will be better off.

Sep 06, 2018 08:52 AM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Mike- more good tips!!! Agents spend so much of their time in their cars, I hope that they will read and remember all of this. 

One thing that I do when walking to my car or by myself is clear my throat. It sounds weird but I prepare myself to shout or scream if someone is coming after me. 

Sep 06, 2018 05:23 PM #7
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Mike.

We've all heard it, most people realize it, few follow through on all the information, you have given us today

Sep 07, 2018 02:00 AM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                                  Thank you, Mike. 

Sep 08, 2018 05:12 PM #9
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

You can never be too safe. Great reminder!

Sep 10, 2018 10:01 AM #10
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Turning the thought into habits is where this post needs to flow. Situational awareness affects everyone and can save lives. Here via Kathy Streib 

Sep 10, 2018 11:34 AM #11
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Good tips! Living where I do, I'm often lax about locking the car. Of course, there are generally two dogs inside and the big one acts like she would eat anyone who dared open the door.

One time years ago - with no dogs in the car - I was heading toward town on a narrow, twisting road with a 40 MPH speed limit. I was doing 40, but could feel the anger coming from the two young men in the car behind me who were practically riding my bumper. When we reached town they began following me, so I changed course and drove to the police station.  I guess that made them change their minds about confronting me, because when I pulled over they went on by.

Sep 10, 2018 10:23 PM #12
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Mike, thanks for writing these tips on safety. It's so important, I want to share it with my Realtor group. Especially for women, who might be in a parking lot late at night, you can never be too careful.

Sep 14, 2018 06:51 AM #13
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