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.
AlertID is a public safety product provides safety information on an easy to use map, and through emergency alerts on mobile devices, email and online. It integrates with the Computer Automated Dispatch (CAD) systems of thousands of local law enforcement agencies to deliver local crime information; sex offender information; weather alerts come from the national weather service; and community and neighborhood information.
AngelGuard is a safety device that plugs in to the diagnostic port of any passenger vehicle built since 1996. It automatically contacts 911 with your location, even when you can’t. If you are in a car crash, AngelGuard contacts 911 to report the crash and asks for emergency responders. After the emergency responders arrive, AngelGuard will automatically notify up to five individuals via either text or email that you have been in an accident.
Cost: $799.95 (one-time fee).
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 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: $149.95 to $169.95 (plus $14.99 monthly subscription).
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.
TigerLady is a small package that packs a big punch. Weighing in at only a few ounces, TigerLady fits into your hand and between your fingers, so when you make a fist, small claws poke out. It provides an additional layer of protection if you have to fight off an attacker. The hollow channels on the underside of TigerLady's claws are designed to capture DNA and protect it, to aid in making a positive identification.
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.
Women on Guard
Women on Guard is a personal safety and home protection online store provides a variety of self-defense products, from pepper spray to personal alarms to security for your home.
Price: Varies by product.
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.
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. Download for free from iTunes and Android.
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.
Safety Applications for Smartphones
Overview: Agents Armor is designed specifically for real estate agents to alert brokers, emergency contacts and authorities everything they need to know about your appointments.
How it Works: The app allows you to let your broker and your emergency contacts know you are on a showing. With the voice memo feature, you can give a description of your client and his/her car; you can even take photos, which is uploaded to a secure server. Throughout the showing, a safety alert checks in to make sure you are safe. If you do not respond, your broker, emergency contacts and the authorities are notified with your GPS coordinates.
Price: $49.95 per year. Brokerage/Association discount pricing is available.
Overview: Bmonitored provides a safe method for meeting with strangers.
How it Works: Enter a meeting start time and safety alert times. Bmonitored will then ask you for confirmation that you are safe at the interval you have selected. Once you respond with your one-digit personal PIN, the system clock resets until your next safety alert interval. If you do not respond, your emergency contacts and the authorities are notified with your last GPS coordinates.
Price: Free in the App Store.
Client Interactive Tracking App
Overview: Client Interactive Tracking App allows a command center to track your movements on your terms, all over the globe.
How it Works: This app sets up geo fences that alert the command center of your location. It also sends push notifications directly to your phone regarding any inclement weather, health alerts and emergency situations, such as riots and hostile situations. If there are any issues, an executive protection specialist will be dispatched to be at your side as soon as possible.
Price: Must call company.
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.
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.
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.
Overview: MyForce is a complete personal security system for your smartphone.
How it Works: If you are in danger, use this app to instantly notify the live response team just by pushing a button. Once notified, the response team listens to the audio uploaded from your smartphone and coordinates assistance with the nearest public emergency responders.
Price: $99.99 per year.
Overview: OnGuardHelp features five buttons that provide five different ways to call for help.
How it Works: With this app, you can instantly call and text for help, send alerts with your GPS coordinates, call 911, use the silent alert feature for critical situations or contact first responders, such as fire or police departments.
Price: Price ranges based on desired package.
For $19.95 a month, PeopleSmart can perform a background check on prospective clients before you meet them.
Overview: Developed by a REALTOR®, Real Alert is designed to help you stay alert and aware of your surroundings while proving quick access to emergency services.
How it Works: From one screen, you can quickly dial 911 or tap “ALARM” to ward off potential attackers. You can also speed dial your emergency contacts, locate the nearest hospitals using your current GPS location and record details about a suspicious person before they are forgotten.
Price: $1.99 in the App Store.
Overview: SafeFi is a mobile app that can be used in any dangerous or uncomfortable situation to instantly alert family, friends, co-workers and 911 that you need help.
How it Works: SafeFi utilizes a patented technology called SNAPP that turns your power button into a rescue button. No need to unlock your phone or navigate through apps, just repeatedly press your smartphone power button and an alert is sent with vital information and GPS coordinates to your network and 911 if needed.
Overview: While you’re on a showing, an emergency contact can follow your movements via GPS.
How it Works: If you unexpectedly leave your showing, SafetyIQ will automatically trigger an emergency alert to your emergency contact and display your real-time position on a map so help can be deployed immediately. If you feel threatened at any time, hit the big red “Panic” button to immediately notify your emergency contact via SMS that you need assistance.
Price: Free for 30 days; then $249.99 annually.
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.
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.
Recommended by Linda Hitchcock of the Orlando Regional REALTORS® Association
Since 2013, Tracey has authored several safety articles for NAR and hosted webinars.
Specializes in operational security, antiterrorism, physical security, specialized tactics, interrogation techniques, emergency management, and more.
Recommended by Brenna Burkhalter of Keller Williams Holt & Associates, and Jason Wilson of Wilson Realty Group, Keller Williams Realty Partners.
In 2015, Adrian hosted the spring NAR webinar and consulted on several safety projects. Adrian is a REALTOR® and a former law enforcement professional.
Recommended by Steve Klaniecki of the Washington REALTORS® Association
“She’s a good safety instructor.”
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“She is a REALTOR® and teacher who is great and does a lot of teaching on open house safety.”
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“They were terrific; especially, the information on open houses.”
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Recommended by Eric D. Berman of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®
“He’s a national expert on safety…he’s done sessions at our conference and other training classes.”