Having a plan in place and sticking to it is the answer. The alternative, going about our day to day business ignoring the warnings or worse with the mindset of “it won’t happen to me” that’s just not acceptable. Our families, friends and loved ones expect more from us than making that commission.
No one tool will work for everyone. Take the time to look at your security plan realistically and choose to use the tools that will work for you.
I’ve done some brainstorming and I thought I’d share what works for me. I hope you take what you can use and share what works for you too.
My top 6 Security Tools:
Screening Prospects: Yes! This one is two fold. We are often told systems are the key to success and in this case, safety too. Part 1: There are forms available for free on the NAR website. I downloaded them, tweaked them a little and have them ready to go. Use them religiously to help weed out potential risks and Part 2: Sharing the completed forms with someone you trust.
Cell Phone: Yes! Always having my cell phone with me and making sure it’s fully charged. I don’t know anyone in the industry that could run a successful real estate business without a cell phone.
Cell Phone Apps: Yes! bsafe is an app I will use and share with friends and family to keep them safe as well.
The Buddy System: Yes! What could be better than a buddy along for the showing tour. I have used the buddy system a number of times. Unfortunately, a buddy isn’t always available.
A Large Dog: Yes! Maisy, one of my Rotties, is my solution. Maisy accompanies me on showings regularly. She offers companionship for long days on the road as well as security. The strangers we have met have welcomed her and respected our position.
Instinct: Yes! Listen to your instincts. Too often we choose to think we are crazy or imagining things. We believe we owe services to to everyone equally. That’s just not true. Our instincts are our built in security alarm. Trust it. Gavin De Becker’s #1 National Bestseller “The Gift of Fear” should be on the top of your reading list.
Other security options:
Personal Alarms: No, not for me. One advertisement I read said “116 to 130 decibels of ear piercing blasts” that’s fairly dangerous and could cause as much damage to you as to your potential assailant. In remote areas it wouldn’t be very helpful anyway.
Carry a Gun: No, not for me. I’m not a fan of guns. They are lethal tools for those who are well trained in gun safety and handling. The number of accidental shootings is down right frightening. Two children die every week according to this USA Today article Report: More kids die in shootings than statistics show.
Stun Guns: No, not for me. Stun Guns are illegal most of the Maryland counties I serve. Check your state laws before purchasing one.
Pepper Spray: No, not for me. Although Pepper Spray appears to be legal in Maryland, it’s not an option for anyone whos not comfortable with it. OR clumsy people. I confess, I spray myself in the face with perfume more often than I should admit to. Usually because I’m in a rush. Pepper Spray would obviously not be a good choice for me.
Again, no one tool will work for everyone. Take the time to look at your security plan realistically and choose to use the tools that will work for you. The customers and clients who are worth your time will support your decision.
Thinking Agent Safety: Looking at the Options