Safety threats – whether physical or those that target personal information – loom in the real estate business, and many pros have felt the risks, according to the just-released 2019 Realtor® Safety Report.

The report, created by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), found that 33% of members say they’ve experienced a situation that made them fear for their personal safety or for the safety of their personal information.

What common situations generate the most fear? Open houses, vacant and model homes, meeting clients alone, buyers who refused to meet in public places, and touring properties located in remote areas.

Women were more likely to report a situation that made them afraid than men – 40% versus 21%, respectively.

The release of NAR’s safety report coincides with Realtor Safety Month, which urges real estate professionals to take safety precautions while on the job.

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Report highlights

  • 5% percent of Realtors say they’ve been a victim of a crime while working as a real estate professional. They cited identity theft, a robbery, or an assault.
  • 53% use a smartphone safety app to track their whereabouts and alert colleagues in case of an emergency. The safety apps most commonly used were the Find My iPhone feature, GPS Phone Track for Android, Pro SentriSmart and HomeSnap.
  • 35% of men and 49% of women carry a self-defense weapon or tool.
  • 45% of real estate pros say their brokerage has a standard procedure to address agent safety. Some of the most common procedures involved meeting a new client at the office or a neutral location, and taking self-defense classes or a Realtor safety course.
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