Meeting strangers and being alone with them is central to working as a real estate agent. While threats and attacks against realtors are rare, they do happen. Realtor personal safety is a major factor in how they conduct business. Safety has become a far greater industry-wide priority since the 2014 murder of Arkansas agent Beverly Carter, who was kidnapped and killed by a couple masquerading as buyers. Agents often carry weapons for self-defense, use safety apps on smartphones, and meet clients only in neutral locations to mitigate dangers, industry experts said.
As a Realtor for over 14 years, I know first hand that selling real estate can be a risky business.
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Did you know?
Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted
Every 6 minutes, someone in the U.S. is raped.
Every 34 minutes, someone in the U.S. is murdered.
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*Statistics from FBI Uniform Crime Reports www.fbi.gov