Security concerns in the real estate industry have become popular lately. Tragic news reports of the killing of a construction inspector and the injury of other real estate professionals in Huntington Beach last week remind us that displaying property can get dangerous.
According to National Association of Realtors Safety Report 2020, a third of NAR members did not feel safe during an open day or an exhibition. This is why it is imperative that our members take precautions and have a safety plan.
Many of these measures will also make our clients feel more secure, creating a better environment for everyone.
A security plan can address common scenarios that put real estate professionals in potentially hazardous situations, such as meeting new clients, showcasing real estate, or holding an open house. Elements of a safety plan may include practices such as driving away from customers, arriving early to unlock doors, and recording escape routes.
Both realtors and clients should always tell someone where you are going and who you will be with. Realtors should be familiar with the security protocols provided by your broker.
Technology is now offering more solutions to help you stay safe. Advances in smartphone technology are making it possible to create apps and other tools that can verify someone’s identity, perform instant background checks, or track your location and share that information with trusted people.
Finally, it is imperative to report any incidents to local law enforcement. By doing so, you can help keep yourself and others safe by alerting law enforcement to potential dangers.
Keeping everyone safe will enable us to continue to provide our customers with the best service and be responsible citizens of the community.
Brian Johnson is the new president of the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. He is a California Licensed Real Estate Agent and Managing Director of Radius Commercial Real Estate. Brian deals with all types of commercial real estate transactions, but pays special attention to investments in apartment buildings. You can contact him by phone 805.879.9631 or [email protected]
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