Desert Real Estate Agents Issued Safety Guidelines
Tatiana Sanchez, The Desert Sun
Realtor associations in the desert are reminding real estate agents to remain alert on the job after two recent attacks, most recently in Southern California.
The California Desert Association of Realtors released a series of safety tips to its 3,000 members Monday, which include scheduling initial meetings with clients in an office and scouting destinations before meeting with potential buyers.
The desert association also has started selling pepper spray.
The tips could prove invaluable for realtors, whose job puts them face-to-face with strangers on a daily basis.
Sharon Rogers, president of the Palm Desert-based association, said it's also brainstorming a "long-term safety plan" to keep real estate agents safe.
"Safety isn't always our first thought," she said. "We never know what we're going to come across.
"For the moment, we took the steps that we can take immediately. and as we look into this, we'll have those safety plans implemented as quickly as possible," Rogers said.
Rogers said the long-term safety plan will most likely include a self-defense element.
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