DAWGS Provides Security Tips for Real Estate Agents Entering a Vacant Property
Industry: Real Estate
Real estate agents are often placed in vulnerable situations, especially when entering a vacant property. DAWGS has some security tips to help keep agents safe.
Chicago, IL (PRUnderground) October 31st, 2014
Real estate agents are often placed in vulnerable situations. Agents who are alone when they show a home are open to attack by strangers. The recent slaying of an Arkansas real estate agent, reportedly abducted when showing a home alone, heightens the need for safety awareness at all times.
One of the highest risk scenarios is entering a vacant home, especially if the property has been vacant for a long time. Squatters, vandals and other unwanted guests may be lurking in an abandoned home or building. Anyone entering a home that is not properly secured is at risk.
Here are a few tips and tools for realtor safety:
Meet at the office first: It is important to meet a prospect on your territory before visiting a property – this way you can collect personal information and check their identification. Always ask for a photo I.D. and copy it for your files. When possible, introduce them to a co-worker, a criminal is deterred by the possibility of being identified.
Daytime Visits – Avoid visiting a vacant property during evening hours when you won’t be able to identify potential dangers as easily. Keep your appointments to daytime visits.
Eyes Open for Danger – As you approach a property, be on alert for anything suspicious, such as a broken window or anything that appears to be out of place. Inspect the outside of the home or building before you go inside.
Use the Buddy System – If you know you will be going to a property that’s been abandoned for some time, bring another agent or friend with you. Call for help if you sense danger and don’t hesitate to call the police. Never confront a trespasser. It is always a good idea to let someone, a co-worker, friend or family member know where you are.
DAWGS provides highly protective barriers to doors and windows, guarded steel barriers to entrances that effectively keep intruders out. Property secured by DAWGS can help to protect real estate agents, so they can focus on showing a property without a dangerous encounter.
About Door and Window Guard Systems
DAWGS (Door And Window Guard Systems) is a full service vacant property security company. Our flexible, fast-response teams install and remove DAWGS equipment to ensure that your property is always secure. DAWGS currently has operations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and will be expanding into other new markets soon.