Agent Murder Underscores the Overlooked Basics
Safety expert Robert Siciliano says hes shocked that brokers havent required agents to take tougher security measures.
(Boonton, NJ, November 6, 2014) — The murder of an Arkansas agent was as predictable as it was tragic: A paroled felon made an appointment to meet Beverly Carter, a photogenic wife and mother, at a vacant home in a rural area.
The man killed her, a crime that set off a new round of safety consciousness among brokers and agents. Asked by reporters why he targeted Carter, the accused murderer said, Because she was just a woman that worked alone — a rich broker.
Safety expert Robert Siciliano says hes shocked that brokers havent required agents to take tougher security measures — and that agents still agree to meet complete strangers at vacant homes.
As a broker, its up to you to establish a security protocol: When an agent meets a new prospect, the agent needs to make a copy of the potential buyers drivers license before going anywhere with the potential client.
Realtors come up with all these excuses not to do what I tell them they should do, Siciliano says. Do you think they care about offending you at the airport, or at a federal building? Its protocol.
Legitimate buyers know theyll have to provide reams of personal information to qualify for a loan, so a request for ID is unlikely to faze them. But bad guys might think twice.
Additional tips from Siciliano appear in the November issue of Real Estate Broker's Insider.
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