Due to frequent contact with strangers in various public and private locations, REALTORS® face more on-the-job risks than many other business professionals. It is GAR's goal to provide members with access to updated safety information, including details of criminal activity in and around Georgia. GAR has implemented an Agent Alert page on this Web site to notify members of recent criminal activity against REALTORS®. Please check this page on a regular basis to keep abreast of safety precautions that you may need to take. If you ever hear of an attack on a real estate agent, please inform GAR as soon as possible, so that we can spread the word throughout the state and our surrounding states as well.
GAR would like to thank the Washington Association of REALTORS® for allowing us to use the following Safety Tools that they developed after one of their agents was tragically murdered on the job (see True Stories - Mike). The Safety Manual and office forms below were designed by agents for agents. Law enforcement officials were also consulted in the development of the forms. The purpose of these forms is as follows:
- To deter assaults by positively identifying the people we are working with.
- To have emergency information for everyone in the real estate office.
- If a crime occurs - to know where the agent was going so the police can help.
- Every client wanting to meet with an agent should expect to be asked for identification.
NEW in 2016 - REALTOR® Safe Harbor
REALTORS® often need a simple way to find safe, public locations to meet prospective clients. REALTOR® Safe Harbors are locations who have agreed to allow REALTORS® to meet at their office.
REALTORS® can simply go to http://REALTORSafeHarbor.com to quickly find all Safe Harbor locations in their area. The location can be quickly forwarded to a client with a few clicks. Mobile apps are available for iOS and Android and can be found by searching for “REALTOR® Safe Harbor” on the App Store or Google Play. To sign your office up to become a safe harbor, go to http://REALTORSafeHarbor.com.
REALTOR® Safe Harbor is a partnership between GAR and Real Agent Guard: We’re safer together.
Download this Safety Manual and distribute to your co-workers, agents and members of your local Boards and Associations.
Who needs Safety training? Everyone! This short handout contains true-to-life cases of attacks on REALTORS®. This handout is useful for brokers and association executives when discussing safety tips and crime prevention with their agents/members. You may also click here to read additional stories of individuals who found themselves in suspicious or dangerous circumstances, and ow they handled it.
Prospect Identification Form
Know who you are doing business with! Offices across the nation are now asking for photo identification and information from clients before going to view property. The form is quick and easy to fill out and asks for name, address, employer and automobile information. Not only does this procedure identify the person you are working with, it helps qualify a prospect and aids police if something happens to you. This simple form may be the best preventative safety measure you and your office can take. We have found that customers are very understanding regarding why we need this information and there has been little or no resistance to providing the identification. If a customer does object, that in itself, should raise a red flag.
Agent ID Form
If there was an accident or an agent did not check in when they were scheduled to, you or the police would need this information quickly. We recommend placing the Agent Identification Forms collectively in a separate folder that anyone can access. The information must be updated at least once a year. You may want to schedule an annual review of the information during Real Estate Safety Week, the first week in October.
Agent Itinerary Form
The Agent Itinerary Form helps you find an agent when there is a problem at home and gives you a place to look when an agent is missing. Many agents print out an additional "show list" and attach the form to it. Your front office people will appreciate having this information if they need to contact an agent.
Click on the links below to launch various safety videos:
NAR REALTOR® Safety (2011)
GAR REALTOR® Safety Awareness Video
Social Media and Cyber Safety Strategies
Safety at the Office
Safety at Home
Safety with Clients
Safety at Conventions
NAR Safety Page
Click here for a variety of links to Web sites, downloadable forms and more safety tips from Associations and defense instructors from across the country.
Click here to access this safety brochure - Think, Act, Be Safe