REALTOR® Safety Guide

Due to frequent contact with strangers in various public and private locations, REALTORS® face more on-the-job risks than many other business professionals. It is GAR’s goal to provide members with access to updated safety information, including details of criminal activity in and around Georgia.

Forms & Information

Prospect Identification Form

Know who you are doing business with! Offices across the nation are now asking for photo identification and information from clients before going to view property. The Prospect Identification Form is quick and easy to fill out and asks for name, address, employer and automobile information. Not only does this procedure identify the person you are working with, it helps qualify a prospect and aids police if something happens to you. This simple form may be the best preventative safety measure you and your office can take. We have found that customers are very understanding regarding why we need this information and there has been little or no resistance to providing the identification. If a customer does object, that in itself, should raise a red flag.

Agent ID Form

If there was an accident or an agent did not check in when they were scheduled to, you or the police would need this information quickly. We recommend placing the Agent Identification Form collectively in a separate folder that anyone can access. The information must be updated at least once a year. You may want to schedule an annual review of the information during September, which is REALTOR® Safety Month.

Agent Itinerary Form

The Agent Itinerary Form helps you find an agent when there is a problem at home and gives you a place to look when an agent is missing. Many agents print out an additional “show list” and attach the form to it. Your front office people will appreciate having this information if they need to contact an agent.

Handouts & Resources

ARTICLE: Staying Safe on the Job, from Georgia REALTOR® magazine, Fall 2021

Below are three handouts that brokers can use to review basic safety tactics for their agents. In addition to personal safety, these handouts cover the hot topics of staying safe against wire fraud attempts and cyber security tips.

Resources from NAR