This is NOT to scare or alarm anyone, but it is rated PG.
Yesterday was another great class put on by First American Tile – in Vallejo, CA. This class focused on Realtor Safety and Security Awareness. There were quite a few things that were shared, and some of them may help you from becoming a victim or target of a crime.
The reason we sponsored and put this event together, was partially because of an article I received. A Realtor in Texas assaulted and robbed. Two days later, an email came from a client in Vacaville, who had just experienced a setup, and almost became a victim herself.
Mornings on 2, (a local news station) announced, a person (offender) was targeting the Real Estate Community in Pleasanton. This was all the inspiration and motivation I needed! Safety should always come first!
"The best way to avoid a crime or prevent yourself from becoming a victim of a crime, is by not being there when the crime takes place." There are no absolutes, but just a little knowledge can go a long way.
James Magdaleno, of CPIT Inc., a former Police Officer and now private investigator, came to the Solano Association of Realtors to help educate our members on Safety. James has taught this class to over 12,000 people and has helped many communities and industries by just heightening their awareness.
My Favorite Tips from the Class:
- When in trouble, always yell "FIRE, FIRE, FIRE" this will get attention more than any other word
- Your vehicle registration has your home address, right next to your garage door opener. Cover all but your name on the registration with a post-it, make a copy, and keep that in your glove compartment instead
- Always be aware of your surroundings, and tune into your instincts, it's your natural born gift
- Meet strangers (potential clients) at your office first, this way they can be seen and introduced to others
- Always carry a money clip with a 5 and 2 ones in your purse or pocket. When approached by a robber, pull out the money clip, say that's all I have, throw the money clip as far as you can, then run the other way
- Lastly, don't try and be a hero
I was given permission to share the informational booklet with all the Active Rainers. Here is a list of Safety and Awareness Tips for the street, your vehicle, out shopping, or just in the workplace. I really think you should at least preview this list, then print it, and share it with others. What you don't know, can hurt you.