Protection for any situation
Protecting yourself is just smart business
How many showings do you go to in a week? Can you quickly recall the address of all of them??
Being a real estate agent places you in the unique circumstance of often being alone, behind closed doors, with people you don’t know. In a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors, 40% of respondents reported that they’d experienced a situation that made them fear for their safety or while on the job.
In addition to keeping your Guard Llama device at the ready, below are a few ways to stay safe:
Unlock the doors and perform any safety checks prior to your prospect’s arrival. Make sure all exits are unlocked and clear of obstacles.
Never walk into a property first. You already have the door unlocked and open. Step aside and allow your prospective buyer to go in first. If you walk in first, it’s easy for your would-be assailant to lock the door behind him and proceed with the attack.
Maintain a personal comfort zone. There is no reason for a person to be within 3 feet of you at any time without permission.
If attacked, stand your ground. You are far less likely to survive an attack if the perpetrator moves you from one location to another. Never let an attacker force you into a car, as this will decrease the chances of emergency responders finding you with enough time to save your life.
Breathe. This is often the first thing people forget to do in an assault. The easiest way to prevent this is to start yelling. Yell at the attacker to stop. Yell at him to go away. Or simply yell “NO!”
Target sensitive areas. There are several areas of the human body that are very sensitive to attack. Pinch together all five fingertips of one hand and go straight for the eyes. If the attacker is behind you, jab your elbow into the face, throat or pit of the stomach.
Take a self-defense class. You can never be too prepared in an attack. Learn the most effective ways to fend off an attacker from a trained professional.