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Field Guide to REALTOR® Safety

(Updated October 2014)

You meet lots of people in the real estate business—some nice and some not so nice. Learn how to protect yourself at open houses and in the car. Get safety tips, handouts and posters from the National Association of REALTORS® and REALTOR® Associations. (A. Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist)


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Statement From NAR 2014 President Elect Chris Polychron on Beverly Carter Tragedy

“As both a REALTOR® and an Arkansan, I am saddened by this morning’s news of Beverly Carter’s untimely death. My heart goes out to her family, her friends, her co-workers, and everyone whose life Beverly touched in her 49 years with us.

Working in real estate involves risk and, unfortunately, that risk takes many forms. As an industry, we collectively work very hard to promote safety awareness among our members. We are fully committed to educating REALTORS® about potential threats and providing them with resources to protect themselves.

I urge all REALTORS® to honor Beverly Carter by keeping safe and looking out for each other.”

Source: Statement from NAR 2014 President Elect Chris Polychron on Beverly Carter Tragedy, (National Association of REALTORS®, Sept. 30, 2014).


Top 10 Real Estate Agent Safety Tips 

  1. Careful with personal info
  2. Verify customer information
  3. Enlist a coworker
  4. Announce your showings
  5. Scout locations early
  6. Keep phone in hand
  7. Keep customer in sight
  8. Pay attention to exits
  9. Take a self-defense class
  10. Trust your gut

Source: House Hunt Network, (House Hunt, June 17, 2014).


REALTOR® Safety Forms, Guides, Handouts & Videos

REALTOR® Safety, (National Association of REALTORS®, Sept. 2014).

REALTOR® safety forms:  more than just space filler, (National Association of REALTORS®, Aug. 26, 2013).

REALTOR® Safety Materials, (National Association of REALTORS®, n.d.).

The REALTOR® Guide to Safety — The Real Estate Guide to Safety gives you practical advice about how to increase your awareness of surroundings and what might be suspicious. This guide will help you be better prepared to protect yourself, other agents, and your clients in highly vulnerable situations.

REALTOR® Safety Tips Card —This handy wallet-sized, laminated card includes three easy, practical tips to keep on hand as a regular reminder of simple ways to stay safe on the job. The card includes space for important phone numbers to keep on hand such as an in case of emergency contact number, a non-emergency number for police and others.

The Safety Minute:01 — The Safety Minute:01 provides safety and security fundamentals in the post 9/11 world.

Episode 1: Why REALTORS® are targeted, (REALTOR®SafetyFirst.com, n.d.).


General Safety Tips

The 10 commandments of real estate agent safety, (Birmingham Business Journal, Oct. 1, 2014). 

Four apps that make life safer for realtors, (Birmingham Business Journal, Oct. 1, 2014).

Arkansas real estate agent’s murder highlights perils of the job, (The Washington Post, Oct. 1, 2014).

56 real estate safety tips that will save your life, (Denver Metro Association of REALTORS®, Aug. 22, 2014).

Fatal tragedy after open house reminds Realtors of dangers,  (Housing Wire, Aug. 8, 2014).

Code word tips off coworkers about attack, (REALTOR® Magazine/Daily Real Estate News, May 19, 2014).

5 safety tips for real estate agents, (Federal Title, Mar. 25, 2014).


Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Information Central. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Central at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

7 Safety Habits That Could Save Your Life, (Adobe PDF eBook)

Workplace Safety, (Kindle, Adobe PDF eBook)

Be Alert, Be Aware, Have a Plan, (Adobe PDF eBook)

The Gift of Fear, (New York, NY: Random House, 1997). HV 7431 D35

Strong on defense: survival rules to protect your and your family from crime, (New York, NY: Simon & Shuster, 1996). HV 7431 St8 M31

Field Guides & More

These field guides and other resources in the Virtual Library may also be of interest:

Field Guide to Open Houses

InfoCentral Blog


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