Safety and Self Defense for Realtors

Safety and Self Defense for Realtors

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…..Diane Pisani Co-Founder International Home Watch

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Prospective Client or Violent Predator? How Realtors and Others Can Stave Off Attacks

Prospective Client or Violent Predator? How Realtors and Others Can Stave Off Attacks 

A recent news report told of a female realtor who had bad vibes about a male client. Her gut instincts were on target, and when the client attacked her, she immediately went into survival mode. Thankfully, she survived. This incident is yet another reminder to always be alert and prepared.

The National Association of Realtors® reports some telling statistics:

  • 33% of realtors experienced a situation that made them fear for their personal safety or the safety of their personal information.
  • 5% of realtors reported being a victim of crime while working.
  • 44% of members choose to carry self-defense weapons, with 49% of women carrying a weapon or tool.

Realtors – and others who walk, work, or travel alone – are easy targets and highly vulnerable to attacks. Often, they work alone in empty houses or in remote locations. Most people they meet are complete strangers. Human nature tells us to trust them. The patterns and behaviors of professional criminals tell us otherwise. Predators stalk their victims; they observe habits, watch patterns, follow social media to track where targeted victims are going. They plan how they’ll achieve what they want – a rape or sexual assault, a robbery, an abduction, or worse. Unless a realtor takes precautions, her actions set the stage and provide an opportunity for a predator to strike.

How can you minimize these opportunities for crime to occur? How can you make yourself less vulnerable and reduce your odds of becoming a victim? By developing and following valuable safety and awareness habits and practicing them daily.

First, have a course of action to follow if you are attacked. Attackers don’t expect their victims to be prepared. They hope to intimidate and instill fear. Don’t allow it. Plan what you will do before an attack happens. When you do, you will be in the right mindset and confident in your ability to defend yourself. Don’t let the stress of an attack situation paralyze you with fear, shut you down, or leave you feeling helpless. The right mental and emotional ammunition takes you from zero to sixty in a matter of seconds – to the point your mental, emotional, physical preparation kicks in, allowing you take immediate action.

What can you do if attacked? Your plan should include the following:

  • If possible, call 9-1-1 – this should always be your first step.
  • Have an emergency app on your phone – a single tap notifies law enforcement of your identity and location.
  • Send a prearranged code to a friend or coworker signaling emergency or violent threat.
  • Run. Escape. Get to a secure area.
  • Use a self-defense weapon: pepper spray, alarm key ring, steel baton, tactical pen.
  • Use any available weapon to block or strike your attacker: car keys, pen, chair, hot coffee, fire extinguisher, lamp, chemical, etc.
  • Know your attacker’s most vulnerable areas: eyes, nose, groin, ribs, top of foot.
  • Strike your attacker’s vulnerable areas: fingers to the eyes; palm to the nose; knees/kicks to the groin; heel stomp to the foot; elbow to the nose, head, ribs; hammerfist to the nose and groin.
  • Strike violently and relentlessly; escape when you can.

What can you do to prepare? In addition to the above information, the following tips ensure you are well prepared and able to respond appropriately.

  1. Always meet the client first in your office. Collect the client’s basic information, including phone, address, and social security number. Photocopy his driver’s license. Introduce him to coworkers. Take a photo of his car and driver’s license (it’s okay to tell him it’s for security reasons).
  2. Profile the client. Observe his behaviors – Is he nervous? Anxious? Ask if he is married, has children, where he works.
  3. Know the client will attempt to profile you by asking questions of you. Do not volunteer information or provide any that can be used to track or target you.
  4. List only office address and phone and business email on advertising materials.
  5. When posting on social media, be cautious of the type of information you provide.
  6. Always let someone else know your plans – where you’ll be and the time you’ll be there and back.
  7. Set a private code with a friend or coworker you can text if you are facing an immediate threat and need help.
  8. Use a private, secure realtor/broker web page to note locations where you will be, when, and with whom.
  9. Avoid listing a home a vacant, which is a sign of an opportunity for a criminal.
  10. Park on the street for ease of escape if necessary; park so that no one can block you in.
  11. Avoid nighttime showings; if you have no other option, take a partner with you.
  12. Keep your cell phone accessible at all times.
  13. Avoid walking in front of the client; direct the client to see isolated rooms on his own while you wait in a secure spot.
  14. If you choose to fight back, commit wholeheartedly to an extreme, violent counterattack to escape and survive.
  15. Take a self-defense class – one that reinforces the most effective strikes to the most vulnerable parts of the body.

Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t look or feel right, trust that feeling. Remember, a predator does not care if you live or die or if you ever see your family or loved ones again. Fuel yourself with mental and emotional ammunition so you can fight relentlessly and save a life that truly matters – your own.

My personal message to you is to stay fit! Stay strong! Stay safe! And, always, stay in the fight!