10 Years of Empowering REALTORS® to Stay Safe

REALTOR® Safety Month turns 10 this year! Honor the anniversary with these four vital tips.

September 18, 2013

Every September for the past decade, NAR has highlighted information and tools to help reduce crimes against real estate professionals. During this REALTOR® Safety Month—and throughout the year—take time to consider how safe (or unsafe) you and your colleagues are during a typical business day. Here are four tips worth keeping top-of-mind:

  1. Have office guests sign in: At the office, use a visitor log book where potential clients fill out a customer identification form. Remember also to check IDs.
  2. Don’t disclose too much personal information online: Consider setting up separate personal and business accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. This will help protect your personal photos, posts, and other information from people you don’t know.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the properties you’re showing: If you are showing a vacant house, walk the perimeter of the property before you or your client enter to look for signs that someone has been or is currently inside.
  4. Note your escape route: When showing a property, leave the front door unlocked for a quick exit if needed. As you walk through a house, let the client enter rooms ahead of you.

Amid the wide range of personal risks on the job, the key to staying safe remains simple: Keep aware of your surroundings and know how to react appropriately to a dangerous situation. Observe REALTOR® Safety Month by making a year-round commitment to taking precautions and avoiding risky situations on the job. Find more tips, plus articles, videos, archived webinars, and more here.