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Shotgun Rider for Real Estate Agents’ Safety

Real Estate Agent with Dirt Road Real Estate SA676002000

Remember the old westerns with the shotgun rider sitting next to the stagecoach driver?  His presence was to protect the stagecoach passengers as well as valuables from robbers.

Today, real estate agents also require protection from nefarious individuals. What this protection looks like depends on one’s market.

Here in the high desert of Mohave County, AZ if I have not met someone be that person male or female in a public place, I take along my own shotgun rider aka as my husband as my safety tip, my insurance.  He truly doesn’t mind accompanying me as he is retired and former military (US Army).

Of course, AZ is an open carry state and I do carry. However, managing a potential buyer walking through a vacant land parcel or a residential property, talking, listening, making sure there are no hidden creatures (hiding in the vacant land or in  vacant residential properties), etc. takes concentration.  This is why a second person is necessary. Additionally, vacant land is often filled with rocks, vegetation with lots of thorns, insects that sting, washes, and burrows made by desert creatures requires extra concentration when walking.

Just by having my husband along who stays near the truck is a deterrent to anyone who may have unkind thoughts. His presence allows me to concentrate on the potential buyer as I know he has my "back."  I do reward my shotgun rider usually with a nice meal which can be breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Real estate agents must and I stress must be aware of their environment. Having a second pair of eyes nearby works with that awareness. No amount of money is worth putting one’s life in danger.

P.S. NAR has considerable information of REALTOR® Safety.

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Leanne M. Smith, MS, GRI, rCRMS

2018 KGVAR Rookie Realtor of the Year-55+
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Leanne and good for your shotgun rider to go with you, I always tell others if they need me to go with them, I WILL

Apr 06, 2024 08:46 AM
Leanne Smith

Thank you and thank you for caring about the safety of other agents. The cities are as dangerous if not more so than the rural areas.

Apr 06, 2024 08:49 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Leanne- all agents need to have their own shotgun rider!!!  I wish I'd had one when I was staging a vacant home years ago. I walked in with inventory and before I could close and lock the door, someone came in. Thankfully, it was a neighbor who was curious about the house. 

Apr 06, 2024 02:00 PM
Leanne Smith

I believe "all agents" is quite true. As a precaution I always lock the door when I arrive early to show a home. 

Apr 06, 2024 05:11 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Thank you for this important reminder, Leanne.  During my 40 years as a Realtor, I had several times when my gut was sending out warning signs.  And, each time, I took someone along to ride shotgun with me.  On at least 3 of those incidents, I'm quite certain I was right to do so.

Apr 06, 2024 07:58 PM
Leanne Smith

Thank heavens for our "gut" brain. And thank you for sharing your "safety" shot gun rider experience.

Apr 07, 2024 05:50 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

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

Apr 06, 2024 07:59 PM
Leanne Smith

Thank you for the feature. Much appreciated as always.

Apr 07, 2024 05:50 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Yes indeed. Our safety has to be our #1 priority, and if that means bringing along a shotgun rider, that's what we have to do.

Apr 07, 2024 06:17 AM
Leanne Smith

Yes and often agents anxious to make a sale forget about their own personal safety. Good morning.

Apr 07, 2024 06:18 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services


Hello, Miss Leanne Smith I recently had a client ask me to meet a perfect stranger they met off the Internet at a vacant home we are preparing to sell.  The perfect stranger was to look at some "Asian" items she wanted to go to a good home versus being donated to perfect strangers. 

I struggled with that request. My client resides out of the area. I did my best to vet the stranger with the name and phone number I was given by my client, 

I ended up paying $200.00 for security to assist me when I met the perfect stranger at the house. It turned out to be a non-issue yet I was not going to put myself in harm's way. 

The client was happy with the result yet I do not believe they grasped the magnitude of their request which came post-listing agreement and was most certainly a change in the scope of my duties. 


Apr 07, 2024 08:32 AM
Leanne Smith

Good morning Miss Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist and your $200 was indeed a good investment for your personal safety. And now you have additional information to change the scope of your duties.

Apr 07, 2024 08:34 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist


Indeed Miss Leanne Smith ANY change in scope post-signed listing also means an adjustment in the compensation.  

Apr 07, 2024 08:58 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services



Mr. Crappy Says


Flush Putting Yourself in

Harms Way!





Apr 07, 2024 08:33 AM
Leanne Smith

Thanks so much for the feature.  I fear some agents fail to take the necessary precautions for their own personal safety because the dollar signs overcome common sense.

Apr 07, 2024 08:36 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist


I agree with you 100% Miss Leanne Smith 

Apr 07, 2024 08:59 AM