Chattanooga realtors say safety is always on their mind
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
The search for missing Arkansas Realtor Beverly Carter ended tragically overnight. Her body was discovered in a shallow grave 20 miles outside of little rock.
Charged with her murder is 33-year-old Aaron Lewis, an employee of the cement plant where Carter's body was found.
The recent murder has realtors here in Chattanooga talking about how they can ensure their own safety.
"When I first got into the business you would get that phone call and you would immediately run out to show that house, that's what you don't want to do,” said Ryan King, Realtor.
Now, 13 years later, King has a few lines he isn't willing to cross.
"I don't go into basements a lot of times, like dugout cellar type basements," said King.
When it comes to safety, he doesn't take any chances.
"I've been in a few positions where you don't know somebody, just kind of an uncomfortable setting," said King.
If you're selling real estate, the National Association of Realtors says you should meet your clients in the office before showing them a home, get their basic information like copy of driver's license and make of car. Introduce the prospect to a coworker. Always let someone know where you're going and always carry a charged cell phone.
Chattanooga Police Officer and real estate agent Daniel Anderson says realtors aren't the only ones needing to pay attention. He says anyone can be at risk.
"I think that it boils down to, be very aware of your surroundings," said Anderson.
And get help if you feel you're in trouble.
"Call the police and we will find you and make sure you are ok and get you out of that situation," said Anderson.
Anderson says it's better to be safe than sorry.
"In this day and time we don't need to play around with our safety and don't underestimate anybody,” said Anderson.
The Women's Association of Realtors is working to put together a defense class for female realtors.