June 24, 2019 – Safety Resources Available for Industry Professionals

Calgary Alberta – The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) urges real estate professionals to review the work and personal safety resources available to them.

On June 22, 2019, Calgary Police Services were called in to investigate the sexual assault of a real estate professional who was working alone at an open house. RECA is saddened by this event and our thoughts are with this industry member.

RECA takes the safety of industry members seriously. We urge all real estate professionals to review the Fundamentals of Real Estate Unit 3–Session 7: Working Safely. Use this review to update your personal processes so you stay informed, prepared and aware. You can access the Fundamentals of Real Estate manual through your myRECA account.

To prepare for your safety at open houses (or other situations where meeting members of the public):

  • familiarize yourself with the property so you know the locations of exits
  • have someone work the open house with you
  • keep your phone and car keys on you
  • keep lights on and window coverings open
  • have visitors sign in as they enter the property
  • trust your instincts: if you feel threatened, get yourself to safety and call for help

Industry professionals should bring any concerns about their brokerage safety policy to their broker.

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