There has been much publicity and subsequent awareness
… about the dangers real estate agents face in the US, since the murder of Beverley Carter just over 2 years ago.
Many Realtors, especially female agents have reported feeling unsafe – 39% to be exact according to the 2016 Member Safety Report published by the National Association of Realtors in September 2016.
Some here in the US might think this is just our problem, but digging around on the web it turns out that real estate agents in many other countries have experienced similar dangers and attacks.
It’s been 30 years since Suzy Lamplugh (pictured right) went to meet “Mr Kipper” at a vacant home in Fulham, West London. She went missing, never to be found.
Then just 18 months ago in Haleowen in the West Midlands, a 35 year old agent was lured to an empty house and assaulted.
In May this year a North Surrey Realtor was sexually assaulted while holding an open house.
Earlier this year Brampton, Ontario agent Anna Powell met with an potential buyer late at night in the office, got creeped out and ended the meeting after he tried to insist on travelling in his car to look at property at 9pm.
In 2008, Lindsay Buziak, died from multiple stab wounds in a home she was showing in upscale Gordon Head, Victoria. Her murder remains unsolved.
While out showing homes real estate agent Hanle Lategan was murdered in June of this year in Johannesburg. Her body was found dumped next to wetlands near Randfontein.
It would seem to be extra dangerous to sell homes in India, with many reports of agents attacked, shot, murdered and even stabbed or hacked to death – although it seems that your perpetrator is more likely to be a business rival.
A strange prospect called a female Carterton agent and arranged a showing at an empty property. She was assaulted and tied up in the house, then the man tried to bundle the agent into the trunk of his car. She managed to stab him with a screwdriver and escape.
In 2007 Lorelle Makin was murdered after meeting with Shadoyi Lui, prospective buyer at an empty house in Melton, Melbourne. Lui was jailed for 22 years for both rape and murder.
The message is still clear – agents here and across the world need to safeguard themselves from criminals masquerading as potential buyers. One way of doing that successfully is by pre-screening strange prospects before you meet them.