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AS I said in BE SAFE OUT THERE an agent was assulted and hand cuffed in a house she was showing in a St.Louis Subburb. Well tonight come word the he was taken into cusdety just out side DAllas/Fort Worth area. He was caught coming out of another real estate company's office. Thank God he is caught but there are others to take his place so STAY ALERT OUT THERE




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Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Agent
That is scary stuff.  Did he just rob the agent?  What was the motive?  When they caught him had he robbed the agents in the agency office?
Mar 10, 2007 11:20 PM #1
Bill Somerset
Re/Max Realty Group - Dover, NH
ABR, e-PRO - Realtor - NH Real Estate Agent
great post.  I think it should be a company policy in every office that an agent has to notify at least one person where they are showing property and who with.  If there is no policy in your offices, maybe you should be the one to bring it up at your next meeting.  There are some scary things happening out there.  We should all be aware of them and do what ever it takes to stop things like ths from happening again!
Mar 11, 2007 12:57 AM #2
Eddy Martinez
Nationwide Funding Group - Highland Park, CA

This is unfortunate..........

Its vital to be aware of your surroundings and to watchout for all warning signs of a possible assault:

Empty/ Dark Parking Lot

Vacant House


Mar 13, 2007 08:40 AM #3
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes
Sign me up for one of those panic buttons!
Mar 16, 2007 09:35 AM #5
Keith Zimmer
RE/MAX Results - Saint Louis, MO
WE have introduced a system were we e-mail the name of the person we are showing houses too and which house we are showing. it is it's own e-mail address the the office keeps so they know where we are. we also have a code that we can give the office if we are in trouble. I like the panic botton kind of like your own loadjack system
Mar 16, 2007 09:47 AM #6
Theresa Cavanaugh
Global Realty Marketing - Appleton, WI
Thank you for the update Keith.
Mar 16, 2007 11:51 AM #7
Heather Armstrong
Skogman Realty - Cedar Rapids, IA

When I train new agents, I try to stress the important of a meeting AT THE OFFICE prior to jumping in a car to meet them at a house.  I NEVER meet anyone at a house without having met them in my office or somewhere public first.  Not only does it lower the chances of dealing with a nut, but it gives me a good opportunity to discuss agency & expectations with them.

This is timely as I just saw a news story on (I think) Nightline and it said that over 200 agents were assaulted last year on the job.  Scary!

Mar 17, 2007 02:31 PM #8
Keith Zimmer
RE/MAX Results - Saint Louis, MO
Heather you are right about meeting the person at the office but this agent did that and from what I understand showed him houses the day before. He then called and asked to one or two of them again and that is when the attact happened. The good news is she has done many interviews and is back working, so she is dealing with it strongly.
Mar 17, 2007 06:16 PM #9
Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI

So many Realtors I know are so secretive about their contacts and business appointments. 

I work a small town rural market, so many of the potential buyers are from out of town. I ask for a phone number then I look up their phone number on the reverse address websites as one step to verify the buyer has given me accurate information. I know not all will be listed but many are.

Mar 18, 2007 06:17 AM #10
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