Safety has always been an important topic in the REALTOR® community, but following the 2014 Beverly Carter tragedy in North Little Rock, the issue became an even stronger concern. As a result, the National Association of REALTORS®, under the guidance of 2015 president Chris Polychron, conducted its first REALTOR® safety survey. From the 2,804 responses received, the inaugural Member Safety Report was released on March 2 aimed at uncovering how safe or unsafe members feel, the root causes of any unsafe feelings, and what steps or procedures they follow to ensure safety.
Some of the main takeaways from the report — many of which are highlighted in the NAR infographic below — include the fact that while 96 percent of REALTORS® have never been the victims of crime, 40 percent have experienced a situation that made them fear for their personal safety or the safety of their professional information. Furthermore, less than half of respondents said their real estate brokerages had standard procedures for agent safety. While it’s important that brokers discuss safety tips and plans with their agents, there are a number of safety practices that individual New Jersey REALTORS® can incorporate into their daily business routines, such as The Top 10 Real Estate Agent Safety Tips and the 56 Safety Tips for REALTORS®.