It’s unfortunate, but as a real estate professional you put yourself at risk when you meet someone for the first time. That’s why you should always meet a new customer at the office, not at the property. It’s also why you should let someone in your office know where you’re going, with whom, and when you plan to return.

These are basic safety tips and there are plenty of resources for you to become your own best safety advocate at You’ll find pages of resources, including safety apps you can add to your phone. Did you know there is also GPS-enabled jewelry? This is a discrete way for you to let someone know exactly where you are without you having to make a call. If you find yourself in a threatening situation, it could make a difference in the outcome.

For 2015, NAR President Chris Polychron has made safety a priority. Look for more on safety in the months ahead. And, of course, every September is REALTOR® Safety Month.

To help you right now, REALTOR® Magazine has produced a short video that walks you through 12 steps you can take to reduce the chance of something bad happening to you when you meet a new customer.

To be sure, the vast majority of people you meet just want to look at a home. But for that one exception, when a stranger’s intent is something else, you’ll want to be armed with a few things that can help you out. The video is intended to be a place to start.

Watch it on REALTOR Magazine’s YouTube page.

NAR safety resources.

More safety coverage.