Real Estate Agent Safety Guide 10/2015
From "Real Estate Agent Safety Guide":
Real estate sales and rental agents routinely find themselves in situations where they are alone with clients or customers about whom they have very little information. The very nature of showing real estate to prospective buyers and tenants who are virtual strangers can make agents, both men and women, susceptible to becoming victims of violent crimes.
Twenty-one real estate professionals were murdered while on the job in the United States in 2000. Between 1982 and 2000, 206 agents died as a result of violent assaults. Many more were raped, beaten or robbed.
Recognizing the need for greater attention to real estate agent safety, the North Carolina Association of Realtors® and the North Carolina Real Estate Commission agreed to cooperate in promoting the education of real estate licensees about agent safety. Through the leadership of the Realtor® Association's North Carolina Real Estate Safety Council, this safety guide was published to assist in this educational effort. This guide contains some common sense safety tips that have been compiled from crime victims and real estate associations across the country.
The North Carolina Real Estate Safety Council encourages every real estate firm to implement a formal safety program. Each company should implement procedures and education programs that include everyone in the office.