Safety Resources for NAR Members

As a REALTOR®, it’s important you have a personal safety protocol in place that you use every day with every client, like when meeting new clients, showing properties or sharing information online. There are a variety of tools you can add to your personal safety protocol, such as the smartphone apps and safety products listed here.

Note: The safety applications and products listed are for informational purposes only. They are not endorsed by nor have they been vetted by the National Association of REALTORS®, and their inclusion on this website does not constitute a recommendation by NAR and should not be inferred as suggesting a preference over other applications or products currently available in the market. The information provided is a selection of safety resources designed to help you determine what tools may best fit into your personal and professional life.

Safety Products

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KATANA Safety™

KATANA Safety™ is the world’s first personal security system that attaches to your smartphone. The layered system bypasses a locked screen by triggering a loud audible alarm or pushing a discreet silent panic button. A 24/7 Response Center is alerted and contacts the appropriate emergency services with your GPS location. They may also activate your Circle of Seven, a network of your colleagues in your KATANA Safety app.

Price: $149. 

KATANA Safety app with $9.99 monthly subscription to the 24/7 call center.

Mace Alert 911

With Mace Alert 911, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing help is available in any emergency situation. This hand-held device offers two-way voice communications directly to 911. No phone is needed and there are no monthly charges. With just a touch of a button, you will be connected in a 911 Emergency Dispatcher whenever you need assistance.

Price: $199.99 for the device.

ORA

ORA is a personal safety device disguised in beautiful jewelry and sportswear. When you push the button on the device, your phone will sound a loud alarm to deter would-be attackers. Instant notifications will also be sent to your unlimited network of contacts. They receive a notification letting them know where you are and that you need help. If there's no response after two minutes, your phone will call 911.

Price: $199.95 to $299.95 (no monthly subscription).

Prop Lock

Prop Lock is a simple and effective way to mitigate the risk posed by closed doors. This safety lock keeps doors propped open and prevents someone from maliciously creating a confined space.

Price: Must contact company.

V.ALRT

V.ALRT is an ergonomically designed device can be carried discreetly in a pocket or a bag or worn as a bracelet or pendant. When pushed, the V.ALRT button pings your smartphone and sends personalized texts to three emergency contacts. These messages indicate that help is needed and also provide your GPS coordinates.

Price: $59.99.

For Associations and Brokerages

NAR also provides a number of Safety Resources specifically aimed at Associations and Brokerages.

Safety Programs

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Safe Homes Coalition: Safeguarding Prescriptions During Property Showings

Overview: The Safe Homes Coalition helps raise awareness about the proper use, storage and disposal of prescription medication during open houses and property showings. Prescription drug abuse is a critical and complex public health issue that impacts more than 6 million Americans.

How it works: By using a Safe Home Coalition re-sealable plastic bag, medications can easily and securely be stored and removed.

 

Safety Applications for Smartphones

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FOREWARN

Overview: FOREWARN allows agents to work safer and smarter by instantly verifying a prospect’s identity and potential risks prior to a face-to-face engagement.

How it works: In seconds, with as little information as a phone number or name, agents can verify a prospect’s identity, criminal records, bankruptcies, liens, judgments, address history, and property records all in one place, leading to safer and more productive interactions. FOREWARN customers can log in and access the service via the FOREWARN mobile app or from a web browser.

Price: $20/month with an annual agreement for individual agents. Discounts are available for brokerages and associations purchasing licenses in volume.

Guard Llama

Overview: Guard Llama allows you to get police help with just the press of a button.

How it works: Press the button on the device twice. The device sends a Bluetooth signal to the Guard Llama app on your phone, alerting the Emergency Dispatch Center. Guard Llama sends your GPS location, photo, and medical information to the Emergency Dispatch Center. It also alerts anyone you have on your Friends & Family Contact List. Police are dispatched. Because they have your exact location within 9 feet and know what you look like, they can find you up to three times faster than if you’d called 911 directly.

Price: Plans vary. Premium Plan is $9.95/month. Save with annual plan.

Homesnap Pro

Overview: Agents using Homesnap Pro can now set a Safety Timer when they go to a showing with an unfamiliar client.

How it works: Prior to a showing, set a timer for how long you expect to be at the location and select your emergency contacts. If the timer expires, a text message will be sent to your emergency contacts that you are in distress. You can also send an instant distress alert to your emergency contacts with just one tap.

Price: Free for REALTORS®

LifeLine Response

Overview: LifeLine Response is the first and only patent-protected personal safety mobile app that utilizes natural human reaction to respond to emergency situations.

How it works: Through codes and interaction, you can set an alert for emergency contacts that you are in danger. Trigger an extremely loud alarm to deter attackers or use the silent alarm to ask for help. Once an alert is detected, the response verification center will reach out to assess the situation and contact authorities with your GPS location, if necessary.

Price: $9.99 annual subscription.

People Smart

For $19.95 a month, PeopleSmart can perform a background check on prospective clients before you meet them.

PROtect

Overview: Built by a top real estate agent for top real estate agents, PROtect is an app for iOS and Android that helps improve your personal safety when you are working alone hosting a private showing or open house.

How it works: PROtect allows you to add your office manager, team members, friends or even family as emergency contacts (or what we call “PROtectors”). The app then monitors your location during your open house or private showing and automatically sends out an SOS to your PROtectors when the you haven’t checked in at the pre-scheduled time or if you indicate you are in an emergency situation. But PROtech also goes a step further than simply blasting out an alert. In the event of an SOS, the app provides tools to your PROtectors so they can co-ordinate their actions, locate you, and help get you out of distress, even if they may not know each other personally.

Price: 100% free trial. Unlimited use subscriptions start at $39.99/year. Volume discounts and monthly pay-as-you-go billing available for brokerage/corporate purchases.

SafeShowings

Overview: When using SafeShowings a real estate professional can feel confident they are doing everything they can to deter criminal activity by capturing and validating the identity of those they bring into a home.

How it works: SafeShowings is the first app of its kind! It captures an image of the potential buyer’s driver’s license. If you are unable to end a showing safely, the SafeShowings app will not only notify your emergency contacts and 911, it securely captures the driver’s license of the perpetrator. This approach deters criminal behavior because the person intending to do harm will be trackable or will be deterred all together.

Price: Monthly Subscription $4.50/month / Annual subscription $49.50/year.

Questions? Contact them at 800-268-8437 or info@safeshowings.com.

See Something Send Something

Overview: Have you ever seen something suspicious, but weren’t sure how to report it? Now you can. Download See Something Send Something and you can inform authorities if you see a potential threat.

How it works: The See Something Send Something system developed by My Mobile Witness connects concerned citizens, first responders and law enforcement directly to key intelligence centers throughout the United States. Submitted tips are routed through a network of State Fusion centers run by State Police and State Offices of Homeland Security & Preparedness. The system routes geo tagged suspicious activity reports using a patent pending methodology for storing law enforcement data and protecting citizens privacy.

Price: Download for free for Apple and Android.

SentriSmart™ Mobile App's Agent Safety Feature

Overview: NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program partner SentriLock, a leading electronic lockbox manufacturer and service provider, has expanded their app with an Agent Safety Feature allowing REALTORS® to alert contacts in the case of an unexpected or potentially dangerous situation.

How it works: When using SentriSmart™ app to open a lockbox, the Agent Safety Feature will launch. This feature will automatically alert your designated emergency contacts when you do not or cannot confirm you are safe.

Price: App is free to download. You can purchase SentriLock Lockboxes through your local Association or MLS, who can then issue you a SentriCard®, and where available, the SentriSmart™ Mobile App.

Trust Stamp

The Trust Stamp App for REALTORS® is a quick and simple tool to establish the identity and trustworthiness of a stranger before meeting them and/or providing access to your client’s home or property. This app is available only to members of the National Association of REALTORS® and is accessed using your NRDS number.

Wearsafe

Overview: Wearsafe uses location, audio, group chat, and one-touch 911 making it the smartest way to call for help.

How it works: At the first sign of trouble, pressing the Wearsafe Tag keeps you a step ahead of the situation. It uses the power of your phone to alert friends and family of your location, sends them audio from the scene, and starts a live chat room where they can coordinate a response or call 911. All while keeping your phone—your lifeline—out of sight.

Price: Subscriptions start at just just $5 per month. Cancel anytime. Visit www.wearsafe.com.

 

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