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Field Guide to REALTOR® Safety

(Updated October 2013)

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)


REALTOR® Safety Forms, Guides, Handouts & Videos

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.).

REALTOR® Safety: Helpful Tips for Keeping Safe on the Job, (Louisiana REALTORS® Association, n.d.).


General Safety Tips

REALTOR® Safety, (Realtor.org, 2013).

Safety tips for real estate agents, (Sarah Moran Marketing, Sept. 20, 2012).

Real estate safety: attack victim urges agents to take precautions, (RealtyBizNews, Mar. 27, 2012).

Stop crimes of opportunity in 2012, (REALTOR® Magazine, Jan. 2012).

Safety lessons that saved my life, (REALTOR® Magazine, Sept. 2011).

Use your sixth sense, (REALTOR® Magazine, Sept. 2011).

Feel threatened? How to use your smartphone as a weapon, (REALTOR® Magazine, July 2011).


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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