Make safety for you and your clients a year-round commitment

Your weekly safety tip from the National Association of REALTORS®:
Always have prospective clients meet you at your office the first time. Ask them for identification. If they question you about it, say it’s company policy. (Find more safety tips and resources at www.realtor.org/Safety.)

For the past ten years the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has recognized September as REALTOR® Safety Month and we’ve shared weekly safety tips with you courtesy of NAR. Take time this month to brush up on your safety awareness with these safety tips and resources and create a year-long safety strategy for you and your clients. Although these safety tips may not be enough to stop someone who is determined to do harm, they may deter someone.

More Safety Tips for REALTORS®:

  • Use common sense at all times and follow your personal instincts.
  • Walk confidently.
  • Carry a whistle, mace or shriek alarm.
  • Always meet first-time clients in your office.
  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Use the buddy system when showing a property, especially vacant property.
  • Be smart when advertising open houses. Do not list your home phone number.
  • Leave word with someone at the office of where and with whom your appointments will be.
  • Never carry a key ring/case with your name or address on it. If your keys are ever lost or stolen, this information could be used to burglarize your home or car.
  • When using the phone, stay alert, keep the call short and simple. The less attentive you are to your surroundings, the more thieves view you as a target.
  • Place wallets, purses or any other valuables on the side of your car seat, never on the seat next to you. Do not set yourself up for a “smash and grab” or car jacking.
  • Keep your car well-maintained to avoid breaking down in remote areas.
  • When receiving an inquiry by phone at your office or at home, get the name and number of the person calling and ask if you can call that person back in a few minutes. (Confirm the inquiry.)
  • By making a couple of phone calls or checking the city directory or phone book, you may feel more comfortable about meeting a prospect.

Explain to buyers that the above is necessary for your protection as well as the seller. If you feel uncomfortable, let your instincts rule—reschedule or cancel the appointment.

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About Kara Kienzler

Kara Kienzler is Webmaster/Communications Coordinator for the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR). She serves as Webmaster for the IAR websites including www.illinoisrealtor.org and www.yourillinoishome.com. She is responsible for the design, layout, printing and online strategy of IAR publications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine, e-newsletters and other publications, and assists with new releases, issues research, surveys and speechwriting. She also plans and develops content for the IAR blog at www.iarbuzz.com and coordinates the Illinois REALTOR® magazine Twitter account content at ILREALTORmag. She coordinates the Leadership Directory and serves as co-liaison to the Illinois Young Professionals Network.