Realtor safety when showing vacant properties has always been a concern. Recently there have been many stories published on the subject, but none more horrible than the kidnapping and death of Beverly Carter. With safety now at the forefront, it is time for all firms to make use of available tools to help keep their agents safe.
We have listed some of those tools in this blog post. You can also read a recent article from Inman here (http://www.inman.com/next/real-estate-agents-using-apps-wearable-tech-to-stay-safe/) which talks about some of the tools we list below.
Push to Alert – Smart Phone app for security at Open House or Private Showings. “Faster than calling 911 and triangulates location”. If threatened Realtor can press assault icon on the smart phone which immediately dials 911 and locates home address. Sends message in stealth mode and allows four seconds for user to cancel the alert.
Available for download in the iTunes store.
Guardly Safety App – Smart Phone app offers automatic connection with emergency services, real-time notification to designated people, real-time location tracking and an emergency beacon.
Download is free, a monthly subscription for most features is $1.99, with a one-year subscription of $19.99
Moby App – iPhone, Blackberry and Android (coming soon). Features include Tracking tool that allows you to reveal your location to select contacts. App can be set to send your GPS location periodically to whomever you choose. App will send messages at predetermined times that ask, “Are you OK?”. If two questions go unanswered, the app will automatically notify the contacts you select that you failed to respond and provide your GPS location from smartphone. Alert tool: with one touch of a button, you will be able to alert your contacts or emergency personnel if you need help. Alert includes your GPS location.
Available on iTunes
Real Alert – for iPhone and Android – App allows you to quickly alert your emergency contacts or police when you feel threatened as well as discreetly record “creep data”, key details about suspicious people you encounter.
Other Security Options
Secure Show – Starts by purchasing a verification, either singularly or in packs. Whoever you wanted to verify is sent a verification link, their cellphone number is confirmed, and the prospect is walked through a process where they scan and upload their driver’s license, passport or state ID. Secure Show verifies that the photo matches the ID, while a third-party company checks the ID against other databases. It is not a criminal background check.
Once your identity and their identity are verified, both parties receive notifications with photos of each other and a special identifying code.
Normal Turnaround time is 30 minutes or less.
Cuff – is a small device that fits into several cuff versions and also a necklace. Billed as “Smart Jewelry”, cuff has features like phone notification and activity tracking. Cuff also has a built-in safety feature that, when pressed, sends out a message to designated friends and family with your location, as well as audio that the device picks up. Available for preorder and delivery in March 2015.