Statistics reveal a lot of different things. They can describe a team’s performance. They can indicate trends. They can be used to forecast. When it comes to your safety as REALTOR®, using these statistics and trends to forecast your personal safety plan can be very helpful. Knowledge, awareness, and empowerment are the key components of safety for every REALTOR®, and that is why the National Association of REALTORS®, NAR, conducts their Member Safety Report each year. Here are some interesting results from the past year.
· 38% of real estate professionals experienced a situation that made them fear for their personal safety.
· Common, fear causing situations include: vacant homes, open houses, remote areas, and unsecured properties.
· Of the REALTORS® surveyed that opt to carry a weapon for self-defense; 19% carry pepper spray, 16% carry a firearm, 5% carry a taser.
· 52% of male REALTORS® carry a weapon for self-defense, compared to 57% of female REALTORS®. Pepper spray is the preferred weapon for women (27%). A firearm is the preferred weapon for men (25%).
· Smart phone safety apps are used by 44% of NAR members. The most popular is Find My iPhone (28%).
· Before showing a home, 48% of female REALTORS® notify a friend or family member about their location; compared to 34% of male REALTORS®.
· 44% of real estate brokerages have a standard procedure for agent safety.
· 66% of real estate brokerages have a standard procedure for safeguarding and disposing of client data.
· 71% of participants of a REALTOR® safety course feel more prepared for unknown situations.
· 50% of REALTORS® surveyed meet unknown prospective clients in an office or public location first.