Recent threat highlights Ark. realtor safety

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A recent threat made to an Iowa realtor is spurring safety changes to realty companies across the nation.

Earlier this week, the realtor received a strange but threatening call that led the realty company to cancel all open houses that day. Now they want to shed light on the dangerous reality of the job.

Other states are turning to Arkansas as an example of a state already taking safety precautions to make sure no one else loses their life.

As real estate agent Deke Whitbeck takes potential buyers on tours, he stands on guard. Agencies are on edge after the incident in Iowa this week. The agent was allegedly picked at random as part of a gang initiation. The man on the other line said he intended to "bring harm" and he would be seeing her later in the day.

This new threat is just the most recent. Safety has become a priority since the kidnapping and murder of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter. 

"We just are better prepared now and want to make sure that we are aware of very simple safety precautions," explained Whitbeck.

When meeting a client alone experts said you can minimize your risks by adopting safety precautions.

First, implement a buddy system so someone else knows where you are and who you are with. Second, collect information of the potential buyer to verify their identity. Third, leave the front door unlocked should you need to make a quick exit while you and a client are inside. All precautions that could potentially save a life.

For more safety information, go to www.REALTOR.org/Safety

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