The below alert went out from GTAR to its members, but we wanted to share the information and good tips. Stay safe out there!
July 31, 2015
GTAR has received reports from several female members that a male has called them stating that he is interested in looking at property. After several odd questions and comments the individual continues to ask to have a showing by the female GTAR member. Because of smart safety precautions on the part of the GTAR members they told the individual that they were going to bring their male broker with them to the showing. This is when the individual gets agitated and no longer wants to move forward. These incidents have been shared with law enforcement.
A few REALTOR® safety tips:
When you have a new client, ask him/her to stop by your office and complete a Prospect Identification Form available here. Also, photocopy their driver's license and retain this information at your office. Be certain to properly discard this personal information when you no longer need it. Do not agree to a private showing unless the client has stopped by your office.
Install caller I.D. on your telephone, which should automatically reject calls from numbers that have been blocked. This will provide you with immediate information about the source of the call.
Agree on an office distress code
Create a voice distress code, a secret word or phrase that is not commonly used but can be worked into any conversation for cases where you feel that you are in danger. Use this if the person you are with can overhear the conversation, but you don't want to alarm them. Example: "Hi, this is Jennifer. I'm with Mr. Henderson at the Elm Street listing. Could you email me the RED FILE?"
Additional safety information may also be found at www.REALTOR.org/Safety. Please be safe!